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good morning. "today" exclusive. for the first time, former u.s. senator and presidential candidate john edwards admits he is the father of frances quinn hunter, the 22-month-old daughter of his former mistress. this morning, why he denied it for so long and why he's now decided to come clean. goodnight. nbc confirms a deal has been signed between the network and conan o'brien with an official announcement to come later this morning. and first photo? tiger woods apparently spotted for the first time since his infamous accident and admitted affairs, pictures that seem to confirm he is in rehab for sex addiction today, thursday, january 21st, 2010.
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captions paid for by nbc-universal television and welcome to "today" on this thursday morning. i'm meredith vieira. >> and i'm matt lauer. and this admission by john edwards has apparently been in the works for months. it confirms what people have long suspected, that the one-time democratic presidential candidate is, in fact, the father of rielle hunter's daughter, quinn. >> edwards in the past denied he was the father, saying the timing of the affair didn't coincide with the birth of the baby. and one of his friends, andrew young, even claimed he was the father. now edwards admits those were all lies, and nearly two years after that baby was born, he is coming clean in an exclusive statement to nbc news this morning. we're going to have more details on this story in just a moment. also ahead, for the first time since brittany murphy's sudden and tragic death last month at the age of 32, we'll talk to her husband, who is here
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for a live interview. we'll also talk to her mother as well. they'll try to explain what they believe caused her untimely death. plus, information that may come as a shock to a lot of parents. according to a new survey, children between the ages of 8 and 18 in the united states now spend more than 7 1/2 hours every day playing video games, watching tv and surfing the web. that's more than 50 hours a week. close to one in four sleep with their cell phone so they won't miss any text messages. have our kids become too connected, and what can parents do about it? we're going to get advice on that. >> parents often are to blame as well. they're also connected to their little devices as well. >> they are, for sure. let's begin with the "today" exclusive, john edwards admitting he is the father of his former mistress's 22-month-old daughter. nbc senior investigative correspondent lisa myers has the details on this story. lisa, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, matt. as you said, senator edwards' statemenhad been months in the making, and it confirms what many americans have already concluded, that at the same time he was running for president,
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john edwards fathered a child. today, he is publicly embracing that child for the first time. >> this way, senator. >> reporter: after two years of scandal, deception and betrayal -- >> the story's false. >> reporter: -- that destroyed his political career and wrecked his personal life, john edwards this morning is trying to right a wrong. are you speaking for the senator today? >> i am speaking for the senator to the extent that anyone can, yes. >> reporter: harrison hickman is edwards' longtime close friend and trusted political adviser, coming forward to help deliver a message about francis quinn hunter, the child born to rielle hunter, with whom edwards had an affair. >> the senator wants to say that, first of all, he is the father of quinn. secondly, he wants everybody to know that he has provided for her and will continue to provide for her, as he should, both financially and emotionally. >> reporter: in a written statement provided exclusively to nbc news, edwards says, "i am
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quinn's father. i will do everything in my power to provide her with the love and support she deserves. it was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter, and hopefully, one day, when she understands, she will forgive me." when he talks about the child, what does he tell you? how does he feel about this child? >> he talks about her being a beautiful child and a happy child. like any father, he talks about how it makes him feel when he's around quinn, which is, you know, very happy. i think he's very proud of this child. >> reporter: this child is almost 2 years old. why did it take so long for the senator to acknowledge that he is her father? >> it was a lot more complicated, i think, than most people think. there are a lot of adults involved, and i think they wanted to handle this the right way for jack and emma clair and kate as well as for quinn. >> reporter: edwards' attorneys say he's been seeing quinn and
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providing financial support for about a year and just signed a child support agreement with hunter. a spokesperson for elizabeth edwards says she learned last summer that quinn is her husband's child. today's announcement marks another chapter in the fall of a man once considered a leading candidate for president. >> we're going to start changing this country now. >> reporter: a man whose hubris and recklessness brought personal destruction. in this photo, edwards is seen with both his wife and his mistress the night before he first confided to his wife he'd been unfaithful, but when tabloid headlines forced a public admission of the affair with hunter, his campaign volunteeri videographer in august 2008, he denied hunter's child was his. >> i know that it's not possible that this child could be mine because of the timing of events. so, i know it's not possible. >>epter: did he know at the time that this was his daughter? >> i don't know if he knew it was his daughter at the time,
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but i know he lied when he said it was not possible, and he knows he lied. you know, i think he is certainly regretful for that. >> reporter: the senator also has said that the affair with rielle hunter occurred when elizabeth's cancer was in remission. however, this child was conceived three months after elizabeth announced that her cancer was back and it was incurable. >> you're right. i mean, there -- as he has said, he's been deceitful about it. he's lied about it. >> reporter: elizabeth edwards is still undergoing cancer treatment and makes occasional public appearances about health care. she opened a furniture shop last summer in chapel hill, north carolina, not far from the family's mansion. how is elizabeth feeling with this new member of the family? >> elizabeth thinks that he should acknowledge this. it's been a very difficult time for everyone, but for elizabeth i think more than anyone else. it's been a difficult time.
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>> reporter: friends say john and elizabeth edwards have separated, at least for now, but still talk on a regular basis. edwards bought this house for quinn and her mother to live in in charlotte, more than two hours away from his home in chapel hill, which set the neighborhood abuzz. >> i haven't heard anybody say, "oh, no!" but it's been like, oh, gosh. and then very we thought, oh, dear, the press will be here a lot. >> reporter: john edwards now tries to stay out of the public spotlight. he spends time at his beach house and went to el salvador three times last year to help build houses for the poor. >> he's done good, old-fashioned work. i mean, he's helped build hospitals, schools. >> reporter: in his statement, edwards said, "to all those i have disappointed and hurt, these words will never be enough, but i am truly sorry." >> he knows that saying he's sorry isn't enough, but he is incredibly remorseful about the pain he's caused people. he wants to be a good father, and you know, be a good person
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again. >> reporter: edwards is not speaking publicly today, at least in part because of an ongoing federal investigation into whether campaignoney was used to try to cover up the affair. he has denied wrongdoing. tomorrow we'll take a look at that investigation, matt, and at the former aide who now claims to have been at the center of that cover-up. >> all right, nbc's lisa myers. lisa, an extraordinary story. thank you very much. >> reporter: thank you. >> it's now 7:08. here's meredith. >> matt, thank you. after days of negotiation and weeks of speculation, it is now official, nbc is confirming this morning that the network and conan o'brien have reached a deal. nbc's lee cowan is in los angeles with the details. lee, good morning. >> reporter:ood morning, meredith. yeah, it has been a long couple of weeks, but as you say, nbc is now ready to say that they do have a deal with conan o'brien that allows him to leave the network. in fact, his last "tonight show" will be tomorrow night. in terms of his exit deal, we're told, are worth roughly around $45 million. about a quarter of that is
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severance for his staff, but although conan is allowed to leave nbc, and even specific characters or anything he specifically created for nbc, those don't go with him. >> thank you very much, everybody! >> reporter: only a professional comedian could joke about walking away from the dream job he wanted most of his adult life, but reality has just given his punch lines some real punch. >> hi, i'm conan o'brien. sorry if i'm late. i had a job interview at lady footlocker. >> reporter: nbc officially handed conan o'brien's "tonight show" back to its former owner, jay leno, bringing a curtain down on an embarrassing chapter at nbc that took teams of lawyers weeks to iron out. >> i spent the afternoon at universal studios amusement park, enjoying their brand new ride, the tunnel of litigation. >> reporter: under the terms of the deal, conan o'brien leaves nbc with millions the network would have otherwise paid him and is allowed to eventually seek a television show on a competing network. as for jay leno, he's out of his
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failed primetime gig but right back where he was for 17 years, saying the network valued him too much to lose, but tha reasoning seemed to puzzle even him. >> how valuable can i be? you fired me twice. how valuable can i be? >> reporter: nbc universal chief executive jeff zucker told charlie rose this week that he regrets conan's departure. >> i feel terribly that conan isn't going to be at nbc where he was given the chance 17 years ago and was a homegrown star, and that, ultimately, it will end this way. i don't feel good about that, obviously. >> reporter: but in the end, he said it was a business decision. >> this wasn't exactly what the viewers wanted, and so, i don't know that we would hav done this exactly, but i do think that taking a risk and trying something new is something that we should always be willing to do. >> reporter: ironically, the highly publicized dust-up has given conan some of the highest
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ratings he's had since he started as "the tonight show" host. fans have even organized save cocoa rallies and vow to follow him wherever he ends up. >> nearly 16 million people watched the golden globes on nbc and as a result, nbc will begin airing repeats of the golden globes five nights a week at 10:00. >> reporter: for now, nbc has temporarily solved its late-night woe, but have an even larger one looming, what to do with the primetime slot jay leno leaves behind. not the kind of drama nbc brass is hoping for. now, meredith, jay leno is expected to return to his old-new job on "the tonight show" as of march 1st. that's the first monday after the olympics. as for conan o'brien, we said that he was free to seek other television opportunities. well, under the terms of this deal, he's allowed to be on television somewhere as of september 1st. meredith? >> all right, lee cowan, thank you very much.
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guaranteed the ratings on friday are going to be huge. >> this has really been something that's captured a lot of people's attention. but as we said before, you know, these are friends of ours. >> absolutely. >> their staff members are friends of ours, so we feel bad about anybody leaving and wish them all the best and i wish it would have worked out differently. >> me, too. we haven't had "where in the world is matt lauer" recently. we could have "where in the world is matt lauer" at 10:00. just an idea, jeff, if you're thinking about that. >> that's one drama being played out in california. another of a different kind in southern california when it comes to the weather. another storm is pounding that region, leading to new evacuations, more heartache. al is out there. al, what's the latest? well, the latest, matt, we're right now in la canada flintridge, and over 500 homes have mandatory evacuations, like these homes here, where mud -- you can see tons of mud and debris has swashed on from the hills and right into the streets and continues to come down. and with this latest storm,
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scenes like these are going to be repeated all around this region. the mandatory evacuations were a rude wake-up call for 500 residents in the foothills of los angeles. >> everybody who's looking at these, please pray that we be safe in this time. >> reporter: others put their faith in heavy equipment, especially homeowners who live below the burned-out hillsides from last year's wildfires. >> if we get more than we had beforewe're going to be in trouble, but i don't know what's going to happen. >> reporter: police and fire officials issued a stern warning. >> please, please cooperate and obey the lawful orders of your police department. if you are told to evacuate, do so. >> reporter: some were reluctant to leave. >> how many times are you going to pack, go and come back, you know? so, your whole life's at a standstill. >> reporter: with a lot more rain expected, the charred hillsides could collapse on the homes below. >> we're only halfway through the rainy season. so, these hillsides behind me are ripe for mud slides and
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debris floes. >> reporter: flooding a problem in many low-lying coastal communities. >> i'd say in, what, half an hour, it went from 14 feet to 17 1/2. >> reporter: in the san fernando valley, runoff from the nearby mountains clogged storm drains and flooded streets. the storm also whipped up strong surf with waves reaching 25 feet, threatening beach front property and causing extensive damage all along the california coast. in pacifica, south of san francisco, the rain-soaked cliffs are collapsing, this vacant apartment building barely holding on. near lake tahoe, whiteout conditions snarled traffic on i-80 near sacramento, getting pounded with snow. >> this one here's twice as bad as the other two or three that we've already had. >> it's coming down? >> this is the worst one. >> and hopefully, this is the last of it. this rain has coming down now is all part of a big storm system, as we go to the map, show you. this could be a historically
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record low pressure system that not only would bring heavy rain but will also be coastal flood warnings, great waves, 20 feet, and strong winds, over 60 miles per hour, as this system moves in. the rainfall amounts, we're talking, generally, again, about two to five inches of rain, some areas picking up nine inches of rain here in the foothills. and we've also got heavy rain in the southwest. north of phoenix, they're looking at one to two feet of snow out of this system. so, great news for skiers. but the big news is here in southern calornia on into northern california. we're talking about more heavy rain and one more day of dangerous conditions as far as these mud slides are concerned. matt? >> all right, al. we're going to check back with you in a couple of minutes, get your local forecast. stay tuned for that. but for now, a check of the rest of the morning's top stories from ann curry at the news desk. good morning to you, ann. >> good morning, meredith and matt. good morning, everybody. the search for survivors is starting to wind down in haiti, where the government now says 2 million people are homeless because of last week's earthquake. the estimated death toll is
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still 200,000. nbc's michelle kosinski's in port-au-prince this morning with more on the effort to get aid to people in need. michelle, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, ann. just getting by for people here is almost indescribably difficult. then you have things like aftershocks. but hope? yes. there is a noticeable force of recovery here, a push to survive a little better each day. it is a capital city struggling for even a glimpse of normal life. people sleeping in the streets, looking for food, vying for fuel and waiting for water. it is mostly a patient process, even generous, though at times, desperation wins out. but each day still brings surprises. even more than a week after the quake, the rescues continue. [ applause ]
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while new lives begin in field clinics, finally starting to receive desperately needed supplies. a giant navy ship, "comfort" has arrived. the floating hospital, the difference between life and death for some of the 250 million people mil,000 injured here. this man is hoping for a job in construction, clearing away what the quake destroyed in less than a minute to rebuild his country. a world away, rebuilding has already begun. in washington state, the schlenbaker family waited in agony for their two adopted children still in haiti. they told their story on "today" last week. >> so, what went through your mind when you heard about this earthquake? >> well, fear and very -- just a lot of turmoil. >> reporter: brett went to haiti himself and found 6-year-old javenski and 8-year-old
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dajenica. this morning, their family is together in their new home, safe and sound. one adoption organization in the u.s. says that many agencies have been flooded with calls from people wanting to give homes to some of the hundreds of thousands of orphans here now. ann? >> all right, michelle kosinski this morning. michelle, thanks. today, defense secretary robert gates urged pakistan to expand i crackdown on extremists. gates is in pakistan on an unannounced visit to find ways to keep the pressure on the extremists near the afghanistan border. homeland security secretary, meantime, janet napolitano, is in spain meeting with officials about boosting airport security there with full body scanners. this following the attempt to bomb a u.s. plane on christmas day. we heard from al earlier about california. well, there's also a risk of severe weather today from tennessee to florida. on wednesday, there were at least 14 reports of tornadoes in texas and louisiana. they caused widespread damage, but apparently, no serious injuries. in iowa, a severe ice storm left
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thousands of people without power. >> and the so-called white house gate crashers, tareq and michaele salahi were called before congress wednesday, but were not talking. this invoked their fifth amendment right to remain silent on virtually all questions. it is now 7:19. back to meredith and matt. >> ann, thanks. >> now let's go back to al in los angeles for a national forecast. >> thanks a lot. the southeast under the gun today with strong storms. in fact, there are tornado watches in effect throughout the southeast from pensacola up to montgomery, dothan, alabama, this until 9:00 a.m. central standard time. on the radar, you can see, look at these heavy thunderstorms firing up, working their way into the panhandle, pensacola into panama city. rainfall amounts generally one to two inches of rain. some areas may pick up as and cold on this thursday morning, tempetures are near freezing in washington and the nearby suburbs, a little bit
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colder west and noh, and mid 30s farther southnd east. then after sun set, a wintry mix moving into the region, a combination of snow, sleet and freezing rain that will linger into friday, and then drying up on saturday, could get some rain and that's your latest weather. meredith? >> a thank you very much. massachusetts senator-elect scott brown heads to washington today, where they are still buzzing over his election on tuesday and what it means for president obama's top priority, health care reform. nbc's kelly o'donnell is there. good morning to you, kelly. >> reporter: good morning, meredith. he's not officially starting work here today. he's making courtesy calls. and he'll be seeing all the members of the massachusetts congressional delegation. they're democrats. and on the republican side, he'll be meeting with a new mentor who helped fund-raise for
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him, john mccain, just as everyone's trying to figure out the fallout over the new guy. with his burst-on-the-scene entrance to national politics, republican scott brown is the power player of the moment. >> i've already made it very, very clear that, you know, i'm not beholden to anybody. ♪ >> reporter: brown's success, riding a populist, anti-washington wave, stung the white house. the president in an interview with abc news recognized that kind of momentum. >> the same thing that swept scott brown into office swept me into office. people are angry and they're frustrated. >> reporter: with a bull's eye on health care reform, republicans took aim. >> we've got to stop this process. we've got to stop this unsavory sausage-making chicago style that's been going on, and we have to sit down in open and honest negotiations with the american people. >> no more gamesmanship here, no more lack of transparency. let's honor the wishes of the
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people of massachusetts and move forward with policy, with our policy debates. >> reporter: one contentious debate erupting is whether democrats can use the rules to push something through n. >> mr. levin, aye. >> reporter: there are different scenarios, like using the version already approved by the senate as the final bill. house speaker nancy pelosi, who had said health care would pass regardless of what happened in the massachusetts election, now says democrats got the message. >> we heard, we will heed, we will move forward with their considerations in mind, but we will move forward for health care. >> reporter: with that caution light turned on in massachusetts, democrats are more publicly wary of the political consequences of acting before brown can take the oath, and the president warned against a hurry-up offense on a health care bill. >> the senate certainly shouldn't try to jam anything through until scott brown is
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seated. the people of massachusetts spoke. he's got to be part of that process. >> reporter: and another of the plan b options being considered would be a slimmed-down version of the current health care bill. so, they would take the things that both parties do agree on and pass that. but the president and democrats are a little concerned that doing less might not be enough reform. meredith? >> all right, kelly o'donnell, thank you very much. and just ahead, what appears to be the first sighting of tiger wos in two months, and it came at a mississippi clinic for sex addiction.
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coming up, what killed actress brittany murphy at the age of 32. her mother and husband speak out for the first time in an exclusive, live interview. plus, a look at children and technology. when is it too much?
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it's 7 cnn:26 on this thursday, january 21, 2010. a teacher at sidwell friends school has been fired after being charged with sexual abuse. robert peterson taught seventh and eight grade social studiest. peterson was charged with two
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good morning, no travel problems when you go to work and school this morning with a partly cloudy. after sunset, a combination of snow, sleet, rain and freezing rain. ashley, how's the traffic? >> 270 headed south is a challenging commute. we have an accident at 275. we have significant delays, also have the intersection at mid county highway at woodfield road out of gaitheringburg under
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police direction because of an accident there. >> coming up tonight an
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7:30 now on a thursday morning. it's the 21st day of january 2010. it's a nice day to do a little sight-seeing around the big apple. we thank these people for stopping by, spending a part of their morning with us. we'll get outside, say hi to them in just a little while in our corner of the world. meanwhile, inside studio 1a, i'm matt lauer alongside meredith vieira. and coming up in this half hour, the latest on the shocking crime in connecticut. it was a deadly home invasion more than two years ago. a mother and two daughters brutally murdered, their husband and father barely survived. just ahead, we'll hear from him as jury selection begins for one of the men accused of killing his family members. also ahead, what killed 32-year-old actress brittany murphy? a month after her tragic death,
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we will talk exclusively to her husband and her mother. they are with us this morning for their first live interview since murphy's death. and then, should you as a parent be limiting the time your children spend online, watching tv and using their cell phones? coming up, the takeaway for parents from a new survey that found u.s. children spend -- it's almost eight hours a day -- doing those things, which is just unbelievable. >> crazy. but let's begin with what could be the first pictures of tiger woods since that infamous accident over the thanksgiving weekend at a center that treats sex addicts. nbc's ron mott is in hattiesburg, mississippi, with the very latest. ron, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, meredith, good morning. one of the planet's best-kept secrets, where in the world is tiger woods, might have been revealed. somehow, woods has managed to stay out othe public view ever since wrecking his suv thanksgiving weekend, but now it seems the paparazzi and its cameras may have caught up to him.
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bundled up in a hoodie with a cup in hand, a person who appears to be tiger woods walks the grounds of a respected sex addiction treatment center, the first purported sighting of the golf great captured on camera in nearly two months and published in "the national enquirer." outside the facility wednesday afternoon, workers suddenly began erecting a tall, black screen, doubling the height of an existing wood fence. >> sources tell tv3 sports that tiger has currently checked into the pine -- >> reporter: nbc's jackson, mississippi, affiliate reported late last week that woods was seeking treatment here following revelations of his extramarital affairs with numerous women. this week, an author and contributing writer for "the new york times" magazine, benoit denizet-lewis, has confirm woods checked into the center. >> my sources confirmed what other sources reported over the weekend, including the local nbc affiliate in mississippi, that tiger woods has checked himself into the pine grove treatment center. >> reporter: the new photos appear to have been shot in rapid succession at what looks to be a residential facility called gentle path, part of the
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pine grove rehab clinic. himself a recovering sex addict, denizet-lewis chronicled the addiction in his book "america anonymous." >> i don't know about tiger, but for most sex addicts, sex has ceased to be fun. sex is uninjoyable. >> reporter: they say he's likely using it as a way to win back public sentiment. >> this idea that people have that, you know, people sort of come into sex rehab to, you know, to sort of sit around and use it as sort of an excuse for their behavior is really so -- it's really way, way off. >> reporter: meanwhile, no word on whether elin is joining her husband in therapy, as is often the case with sex addicts, experts say. she is reportedly living these days in an enormous rented mansion in orlando. this as the first alleged mistress to surface, rachel uchitel, recently canceled a highly publicized 35th birthday
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bash, her lawyer says, because of unwanted media attention. while we may never get official confirmation from tiger woods or his representatives about whether he's seeking treatment here or elsewhere, for that matter, we can tell you with certaiy there has been a heavy police presence outside this facility and down the road at the sister clinic. meredith? >> all right, ron mott, thank you very much. and now let's head out to los angeles for a check of the weather from al. >> all right, thanks a lot, guys. and we're standing here in la canada flintridge, where these homes are trying to keep the mud away. as you look up here, we've got sandbags and barricades to try to direct the mud floe away from the house, down the driveway and into the streets. so far, it's worked, but with this next batch of rain and heavy winds, we'll see what happens. let's take a look, see what's going on as far as temperatures are concerned. it is a warm one throughout parts of the south. that's the good news. the bad news is, as cold air moves in, it's causing big problems, lots of thunderstorms.
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we have tornado watches through the southeast, chilly temperatures up through the northern plains. you can see a lot of rain, heavy rain through the southwest, mountain snows there, rain in the pacific northwest, sunny skies great lakes into the northeast. but again, the risk of strong storms, good morning, it's partly cloudy and cold now, temperatures in the 20s and low and mid 30s, now 31 in washington and we'll have increasing clouds tay with highs near 40 and after sunset, a wintry mix, a combination of snow, sleet and rain coming in on friday. and sunday moderate to heavy rain possible. this wintry mix may leave an inch of and any time you need to check your weather, make sure you go to the weather channel on cable or online.
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matt? >> all right, al, thank you very much. and now we turn to a grisly crime connecticut that gained national attention, a mother and her two daughters brutally assaulted and killed during a burglary in an upscale neighborhood. now a trial is under way for the suspect in that case. nbc's jeff rossen is outside the courthouse in connecticut. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you. this was one of the most horrific crimes in connecticut state history and one of the scariest, too, for people living here, because it plays on our worst fears. random home invasion in the middle of the night as this family slept in a very, very nice neighborhood, as you mentioned. this morning, both suspects, two men who are accused of walking in, torturing this family, then setting the house on fire, are facing the death penalty. the lone survivor, dr. william pettitte, comes to court every day and sits just feet from the man accused of murdering his family. prosecutors say steven hayes in court now, and joshua
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comasir-jefski, to be tried later, are cold-blood killers, breaking into the family home in 2007 and tying them up, beating them, raping his wife, jennifer, sexually abusing his 11-year-old daughter, mikaela, and torturing his daughter haley, even forcing jennifer to withdraw money from this bank before setting the house on fire with the family inside. all three women were killed. william pettitte barely survived. the prominent doctor who lost everything. he spoke with us late wednesday. >> we're sure that both sides will be able to pick a fair jury, which will hopefully lead to justice for our jennifer, haley and mikaela. justice is clearly to find the men guilty that committed these crimes and let the law play out as it's written in connecticut. >> reporter: prosecutors are going for the death penalty. in court this week, defense
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attorneys told potential jurors -- "you will come to find out that the defense will not contest some of mr. hayes's involvement in this crime, but would you consider his childhood and all those things during sentencing?" >> they're not looking for their client to walk out of the courtroom. that's never going to happen. this is whether it's life in prison or if they'll die. >> reporter: they plan to show gruesome pictures of the victims' bodies to every prosctive juror. the judge didn't allow it. >> it's a long, tiring process, takes a lot out of you mentally. very fatiguing, even though you're just sitting there all day long. >> reporter: the case was so shocking, so random, there's even a book about it. author brian mcdonald spoke with one of the suspects behind bars. >> he told me that he beat dr. pettitte with a baseball bat, went upstairs, let his partner into the house, went upstairs, tied the girls and the mother to their beds, and it certainly strikes at the very heart of everything that we hold sacred. >> reporter: here in connecticut, the case is so
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high-profile, it's going to take months, literally months to seat a jury. to give you an idea how high-profile it is and how hard it is to find potential jurors that are untainted, they've already seen in the past two days, matt, 60 potential jurors. they've only picked one for the jury so far. >> all right. jeff rossen in new haven, connecticut. jeff, thank you very much. up next, the surprising amount of time each day your kids spend texting, playing video games, and of course, watching tv, and what it means for your family.
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back at 7:42 with an eye-opening, new survey that highlights just how much technology has changed the lives of our children. according to the kaiser family foundation, 8 to 18-year-olds spend an average of 7 hours and 30 minutes each day either online, watching tv, playing video games or texting. that's more time than most adults spend at work. so, what is a parent to do with that information? parry aftab is the executive director of "wired safety" and michelle bosher vosher is a pa expert. michelle, i want to start with you, because the numbers a staggering. the average american kid spends every waking moment outside of school on an ipod, watching tv, playing video games. my gut reaction is it has to be bad, but what does it say to you? >> the bottom line is we really don't know because it's redefining a sense of childhood.
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we don't know neurological implicatio implications or how this will affect them socially. let's just, bottom line, start getting more commonsensical about it. the key thing is, what is your kid tuning out of? and my key point is you. if he's watching 7 1/2 hours of all of this other media, it means that face-to-face relationship of just being with you and connecting with you is gone. your influence goes down. >> but is part of the adjustment that parents have to make sort of accepting that this is reality for kids now? >> yes. >> this is the way they live their lives. >> yes. it is clearly the way they live their lives, so we've got to step up to that plate, get a little more crafty and figure it out. the other thing is figure out how we're going to make that lost thing called face-to-face interaction that our kids may be losing, build that back into their lives. >> you know, parry, you say when it comes to monitoring and protecting our children, we have to pay more attention to the three cs. what are the three cs? >> the three cs are contact, content and cost. so, every time we put technology into the hands of our kids, we
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need to look at it and say can our kids talk to others, can others talk to our kids? can they share or view information or content? and what can they do that's going to cost them in values, time and money? >> so, parry, how do you know when it's too much? >> well, we always know when it's too much. our kids' grades are going down, they're not talking to us, we're uncomfortable. what we need to do is be brave enough to say i'm the parent. take the cell phone, put it into your nightstand drawer when your kids are supposed to be having dinner with you. know the right technologies and find that balance. they have to do well in school and social lives and in the family. >> michelle, glass half full for a second here. is this possibly an opportunity for parents to connect to their kids -- >> yes. >> -- if they get to know this technology a little better? >> yes. and number one is, if they're watching the majority of the thing we know they're doing in media and plugged in is tv, sit down with your child and start talking about what they're watching. learn how to text so that you can connect with your child. it's getting more into their
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lives when they are on doing something called the family meal, that would be your time to turn off so that you're still engaged. find those times when you can connect with your child and get back, and use their world, because this is part of their world. >> and as parry pointed out, for all the newfangled technology, it really comes down to old-fashioned parenting in the end. >> exactly, 101. >> michelle, thank you so much, and parry aftab, as always, thank you. >> thanks a lot. still ahead, an exclusive, live interview with the husband and mother of actress brittany murphy, their first since the 32-year-old tragically died last month. but first, these messages.
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we're back at 7:49. and now to a sex scandal in northern ireland that has a certain cinematic feel to it. here's nbc's dawna friesen. ♪ here's to you, mrs. robinson >> reporter: they were once the golden couple of northern ireland, iris and peter robinson. she was running the government,
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and mrs. robinson, age 60, was the unofficial first lady, also a member of parliament until a startling revelation. >> mrs. robinson, you're trying to seduce me. >> reporter: just like in the classic movie, the real mrs. robinson had taken a much younger lover, 19-year-old kirk mccambley, a dashing butcher's son from belfast, who told the bbc she had befriended him after his father died. >> she was there for me and said it was okay. >> reporter: not only that, she set him up in business, abusing her position as a politician to arrange an $80,000 loan to help him run this cafe in south belfast. >> she certainly was very bold and brazen about her young lover. those who know iris robinson have said that she's a very formidable woman, she's, in fact, terrifying. >> reporter: it's being reported that mrs. robinson bombarded her young lover with text messages, e-mails and love letters, demanding attention, so much so that he feigned testicular
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cancer to abstain her advances. her husband made an agonizing statement. >> my immediate impulse was to walk away from my marriage. >> reporter: instead, he chose to stand by her and save their 40-year union. >> iris had attempted to take her own life, and in my view, would certainly have been less likely to recover if i had left. >> reporter: his political allies rallied around him, but there's a whiff of hypocrisy about it all. the robinsons are devout christians, have used their image as a happy family to appear to the botanical side and have demoralized about other people's sex lives. >> just as a murderer can be redeemed by the blood of christ, so is a homosexual. >> reporter: and questions have been raised about how much mrs. robinson knew about his wife's financial dealings. he stepped down as northern ireland's first minister for six weeks, saying he wants time to clear his name, but their once charmed lives appear to be unraveling further.
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there are fresh allegations mrs. robinson has had a number of affairs, including with her young lover's father. she's resigned from politics and is said to be receiving psychiatric care. for "today," dawna friesen, nbc news, london. >> hmm. leave it at that. >> well said. >> exactly. do you have any pet peeves in terms of the office? >> in the office? >> yeah. >> neatness of the people around me. >> you care if someone else is a slob? >> yeah. you know whose office is right next door to mine? >> ann's, actually. >> do you have any? >> peoplwho are so obsessed with neatness, they can't get over it. pet peeves coming up. the things your co-workers do.
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7:56 is your time now, 31 degrees, cloudy skies over the nation's capital. good morning, in the news this morning, metro is facing a $40 million budget hold, but the agency is spending $39 million to advertise the metro bus. ridership has been slumping lately. a warning for women in arlington this morning. someone's been exposing himself to women along one popular trail. he struck at least five times last week. the flasher stands besides the side of the trail without any pants on. he even used a flashlight to draw attention to himself one time. we'll be
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good morning, it'sartly cloudy and cold now, 31 in washington. we'll have increasing clouds today, by sunset we'll have icing in the shenandoah valley. we'll have rain, sleet and freezing rain points west and
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northwest. could get an inch of snow and sleet around the metro area. rain south and east. ashley, how's the traffic? >> things are heavy out of virginia, 95 headed northbound, you're looking at heavy delays from wood bridge up to springfield. 270 south, no real relief in sight. the accident has been cleared on 270 south, but this is the pace to get down to that point. even though your lanes are open. >> coming
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8:00 now on this thursday morning, january 21st, 2010. these folks are getting a chance to say hi to their loved ones back home. nice to see you. >> how are you? >> nice to see you, too. >> we're excited they came down to the plaza. hi, lenny. kiss for lenny. hi, sweetheart. i'm meredith vieira along with mattlauer. just ahead, the latest on the death of 32-year-old actress brittany murphy. >> this was a tragic story. she died a month ago. she was stars of movies like "8 mile." she was 32 years old. her mother found her collapsed on the bathroom floor and called 911. her husband tried to revive her, but she passed away, and this morning, her husband simon and
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mother sharon murphy will be joining us in an exclusive live interview. >> i was talking to her mom a few moments ago. something you could never imagine, losing a child. on a much lighter note, we'll have three meals here that cost less than $10 to make and can feed a family of four. we've done this before. >> right. >> it was very popular. plus, we'll kick off a special series that's all about coping with your co-workers. i'm going to start right in our own office with a look at those little things that can get under your skin when you work side by side with someone, not that i would know anything about that. >> is that you there? that's the first time you've actually mingled with the people in the office, isn't it? >> you know, just be quiet, you know? >> it's nice that you found your way over here out of the ivory tower. >> mwah. >> let's go inside and get a look at the headlines with ann curry. >> i love seeing that kind of love in the morning. >> want to see more? >> settle down. okay, you guys. we begin with serious news this morning. we begin with the lifeline for the thousands of seriously
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injured people in haiti who have been waiting for medical care ever since last week's earthquake. the navy ship "comfort," a hospital ship, is now offshore, and even before arriving on wednesday it began air-lifting in patients for treatment. meantime, people are still being found alive under the rubble in haiti. today, former democratic presidential candidate john edwards came forward to admit that he had, in fact, fathered a child with rielle hunter, a woman he had hired before his second white house bid. in a written statement provided exclusively to nbc news, edwards says, "i am quinn's father. i will do everything in my power to provide her with the love and support she deserves." he said it was wrong of him to ever deny that she was his daughter. massachusetts' new republican senator-elect scott brown is making courtesy calls today on his new colleagues. a date for his swearing-in has not yet been announced. overseas markets are mostly higher this morning. cnbc's erin burnett is at the new york stock exchange. and erin, we had some big news. the president is proposing new limits today on big banks. >> he is, ann, and that really is going to be the big story for
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markets around the world. now, we should note, the president is expected to come out this morning and say that he wants specific limits on how big banks can be in this country and also whether they can trade with customers' money, and that is big question. it may sound a little bit esoter esoteric, but it could translate into the breakup of the biggest banks in the country like citigroup and jpmorgan chase, and that is why this is going to be a very big fight in washington on capitol hill and on wall street. this is going to require congressional approval. so, obviously, it will be a little bit of time until we know, but theresident will formally make those proposals this morning, and of course, it comes on the day when we got the numbers from goldman sachs. the bank reported profits that crushed expectations, ann, but it actually may not be subject to these new rules. back to you. >> all right, erin burnett this morning. erin, thanks a lot. finally now, senator john mccain's wife is taking a high-profile position opposed to his on same-sex marriage. cindy mccain has posed for a new ad that supports gay marriage in california.
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it is now 8:03, and let's get another check of the weather from al, who is outside los angeles this morning. hey, al. >> hey, good morning, ann. homes like these all throughout the la canada flintridge area are trying to protect their homes. they have these barricades and sandbags to keep the mud flow from getting into their homes. so far, for this home, it's worked. the mud flow continues down and then you've got more of these cement rails and sandbags, keeping things -- keeping the debris field away from their home. one more storm comes in, and if they get through that, then they're out of the woods. let's chk your weather, see what's happening. and again, for today, we're expecting our pick cit of the day to be rhinelander, wisconsin. partly sunny and cold, temperatures in the upper 30s. the rest of the country? well, you see the heavy storms now firing up through the gulf coast and on into the southeast. we've got tornado watches through there until 9:00 a.m. central time. avy in down through the southwest, mountain snows there. heavy rain also along the west. look for freezing dri drizzle in
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good morning, it's partly cloudy and cold on this thursday morning, temperatures are near freezing in washington. increasing clouds around the area. and overnight tonight, a wintry mix all around the region as snow, sleet, rain and freezing rain all ending by late friday afternoon. could get an inch of snow and and that's your latest weather. matt? >> all right, al, thank you very much. up next, the latest on the tragic death of actress brittany murphy at the age of 32. her husband and mother speak out in an exclusive, live interview right after this. with my boys, and i'm like, "oh, promise mommy you'll never ever pick up a cigarette." and brian looked at me at eight years old and said, "promise me you'll quit."
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♪ todd's a lucky man. ♪ the best part of wakin' up... ♪ that's what i told him when we talked last week. ♪ folgers in your cup we are back now at 8:09. it's been a month since the sudden and tragic death of 32-year-old actress brittany murphy, and her family is still waiting for an official cause of death. in a moment, we'll talk exclusively with brittany murphy's mother and husband, but first, here's nbc's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: at 32 years old, she was a young hollywood starlet, most recognized for her roles in "clueless" -- >> you guys talk like grown-ups. >> reporter: -- and "8 mile." >> can some of us ride with you? >> reporter: in recent years, murphy's career seemed to stall, but she was trying to stage a comeback.
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then on december 20th came the shocking news of murphy's sudden death. she was found collapsed on the bathroom floor by her mother. >> tell me exactly what happened. oh, somebody's passed out! >> reporter: sharon murphy called 911 while brittany's husband, director simon monjack, tried to revive his young wife. >> we're going to send somebody out there, okay? is she awake? >> reporter: a month later, there is still no official cause of death. >> my first impression was young, seemingly healthy. i wonder if there was some drugs or alcohol involved. >> reporter: speculation has run ramped. the los angeles county coroner's office autopsy was inconclusive, and toxicology results are still weeks away. but published reports allege murphy used a variety of prescription drugs and that the slender actress may have had an eating disorder. >> brittany had been looking very thin lately. recently, when she stepped out in public, people noticed it and started to worry about her. >> reporter: but murphy's mother says the actress didn't do drugs or even drink cfeine because
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of a "fear of dying." monjack claimed his wife occasionally took antiseizure pills and had a heart condition. he added that most of the prescription drugs found at their home belonged to him. >> this whole situation is real and he's here. >> reporter: the night before brittany murphy's death, she reportedly told her mom she wanted children, but now, after burying her on christmas eve in a private service, her family is left planning a public memorial, as speculation continues over how the promising, young actress died. for "today," miguel almaguer, nbc news, hollywood. >> and we are joined exclusively now by brittany's husband, simon monjack, and her mother, sharon murphy. good morning to both of you and my condolences. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> i appreciate you talking to me. were there red flags? you know, was there anything out of the ordinary with her in the days or weeks or mths prior to her death, sharon, anything? >> no. no. she was -- we had all had a
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little bit of a respiratory flu, because we were traveling, and she had it the least of the three of us. >> she had laryngitis. >> laryngitis, yes. >> that was the other thing. and she -- other than that, she was, you know, perfectly healthy and well and taking care of us. >> so even the day before -- or the day of her death, her behavior, her mood? >> just before -- >> listen, let's set the record straight for once and for all. brittany was not taking any medication for her mood, for anorexia, for any kind of mental illness, and it's just utterly ridiculous for these suggestions and these rumors that perpetu e perpetuated. >> these rumors have dogged her for years, sharon, for years. and simon, she was taking medication for a cold. in addition, though, according to investigators, at your home they found a lot of prescription medication, including an
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antidepressant, antiseizure medication, antianxiety medication, painkillers. you're saying she was not using any of those medications? >> no, i'm saying that she used ibuprofen for her menstrual time, and had for years. >> and in moderation. >> for five days. >> she had a horrific time. >> and at the same time, she would have serafin, which is an antidepressant, for five days a month, because her mood was very difficult at that time. >> so, those medications were in your home for her sporadic use, for her limited use? >> most of those medications are mine. i suffer from seizures. i suffer from, you know, a heart -- my heart stopped on december the 3rd when we landed from puerto rico. so, obviously, there's medication in the house. >> let me ask you about rumors of cocaine use, and that's another one that has dogged her, mrs. murphy, for so many years. >> it's so horrific. she was diagnosed with a heart
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murmur when she was a young teenager, and she was terrified of anything happening to her. she never didny drugs ever. >> the bottom line is if she had done cocaine, she would have been dead in a second. it was not a physical possibility for brittany to do cocaine. >> i have seen pictures of her throughout the years, simon, from the days when she was in "clueless" to "8 mile," and then some more recent pictures. she was extremely thin. she was always thin, but she, it seemed, appeared to me to be extremely thin, almost guant. did she have any kind of eating disorder? >> absolutely not. you need to go to her favorite restaurant in los angeles and speak to any waiter, who will tell you that brittany would quite happily order four plates of food and eat them all. it's insanity for these rumors. >> was she undergoing -- was she under an undue amount of stress,
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either in your relationship -- >> no. >> -- or her career? was there a great deal of stress in her life? >> yes, there was a great deal of stress in her career. i'll tell you what happened. the week before she died, they're making "happy feet 2," and she was offered the role of gloria, again, in the remake. and unfortunately, warner brothers pulled the offer based off rumors which were untrue of a film in puerto rico, but they issued a press release yesterday xraesion their support and saying brittany was in no way fired. it was a mutual decision. so they pulled the role, and any actress that takes the role of gloria is terrible, and i would say to brad pitt and matthew damon who are thinking of doing the movie, think about your friendship with ittany before you do it. >> the coroner's report, as we mentioned in miguel's piece, was inconclusive. toxicology has yet to come back. what do you think that will show? >> well, initial toxicology is
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any drugs that are, you know, drugs that anyone is speaking of in the press would show up within 24 to 48 hours. it was said that it's natural causes completely, and what do i feel it will say? we have a very strong feeling, but, if you want to take that. >> i think ultimately, it would come down to some kind of virus that went to her heart. >> you had said, sharon, that brittany had a fear of dying. and a lot of people have a fear of dying. did she have an irrational fear of dying? >> she had a love of life and was grand in every aspect of it. and so, no, not for her. however, she really was concerned about her heart all
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the time, and it was looked at extensively from so many, you know, specialists, and they all -- >> took her to five cardiologists in the three years of our marriage, you know, and every single one of them said she was healthy. >> simon, you made a comment recently, and it caught my attention. you said something to the effect of, do you want to know what broke brittany murphy's heart? hollywood broke her heart. >> and that's what i mean when i say the offer from "happy feet" was pulled because of rumor. offers for films that were "the expendables," which everyone -- >> that's five years, darling. >> she had to have been -- >> no, after "little black book," her life changed because of the rumors, because she changed her team. hollywood is a village, and once you upset the villagers, they talk and they gossip and they rumor, and they have blood on their hands, and i hope they wash them in very hot water,
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because the way they treated brittany murphy when she was alive was terrible. but what's more important now is her legacy, is the legacy of a young woman who dreamed of changing the world. and dragged her mother from new jersey when she was 15 years old out to california to change the world. and in fact, did. and it's the legacy that's important. >> i want to go back for a second, simon, because it -- i think in times, it can be easy to villainize hollywood, and yet, a lot of people get involved in hollywood and somewhat know what they're getting involved in. did she bear no responsibility? it's hard for me to sit here -- and i know this is hard, sharon, to listen to, but -- >> sure, no, that's -- >> let me just finish. all the rumors throughout the years, all the, what was described as erratic behavior, did she do nothing to cause those -- >> no. >> we're talking the last five years, and she's been working since she was 13. >> and she -- this is a girl
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that built a career that grossed over $1 billion. erratic, flighty? you're in the entertainment industry. you know that doesn't happen. if you don't show up, you don't gross $1 billion. >> she did arthur miller's "a view from the bridge" for one year on broadway. >> for a year. >> never late. brought the house down every performance. i mean, that is not erratic in any way. she was a professional. >> i watched her in "8 mile," which i really loved that movie, and she kind of explodes on the screen in that movie. what do you think made her a star? >> made her a star. she -- >> she was born a star. >> she really had -- she was born, since she was so tiny, she started speaking at such a young age and articulated that she was going to become very famous and change the world, since she was 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, go o and on, her
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whole life. and that was her goal. it wasn't -- she loved entertainment, singing, dancing. she just ended up acting more than anything else. tunnel vision, loved it, was just a light, a white light shining angel. >> once again, my condolences on your loss. >> thank you so much. >> sharon and simon, my condolences to you. >> and we are -- can we say -- >> yeah. >> we're starting. thank you, that's so kind. so, since her legacy was so grand and she never really got to fulfill what she was on this earth to accomplish, we are starting a foundation, the brittany murphy foundation dot? >> org. >> and simon contributed $1
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million to launch it, and myself about half that, not as ch, but it's -- and it will serve wonderful purposes. >> we will put information on that on our website as well. >> thank you. >> and again, thank you both for joining us. >> tha you, matt. appreciate it. >> our condolences again. it's 8:21 right now. we're going to be back right after this. it's good to be rewarded for your purchases. happily, membership rewards points from american express can be used for over a million things you want... and experiences you'll never forget. and because points don't expire you can keep them to use whenever you like. can your card say that? mark olson is joined... by that woman from 3c. he's tried before to engage her. supposed to be kinda windy today.
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>> willard, thank you very much. and just ahead, could you feed a family of four for this is what it looks like outside at this hour. 8:26 is our time. 31 degrees. nice sunshine though. on thi thursday, the 21st stay of january. we'll have the forecast coming up. good morning, i'm joe krebs and in the news4 today, many victims of the haiti earthquake are being treated aboard the uss comfort. it is now sitting off the coast of haiti near port-au-prince taking as many patients as it can hold. the ship is staffed with 900 doctors, nurses and technicians who can treat as many as 1,000 patients at a time.
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partly sunny and cold now, a wintry mix aiving tonight. maybe some heavy rain on sunday, total amounts of snow around the met troy area, only about an inch. rain farther south and east. a little bit of snow and sleet. ashley, how is the traffic? >> things are pretty messy from 210 on to the 11th street bridge. this is the pace all the way down the beltway.
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we're back now at 8:30 on a thursday morning. it's the 21st day of january 2010. it's a sunny day here in the northeast. we're happy about that. a little chilly with some wind, but temperatures of 32 degrees, and we'll handle that. we can take them. we've got a nice crowd ofeople as well, and thanks to them for stopping by. out on the plaza, i'm matt lauer along with meredith vieira and ann curry. al's out in california doing a
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great job covering some just nasty weather out there. >> he sure is. >> scary. and coming up on our end here, we're going to have a competition in the kitchen. >> yes. we gave three noted chefs a very special mission -- create a meal for a family of four -- family of four, now -- for less than $10. and in a moment, they'll prepare their dinners for us and then we will crown the best. >> sounds great. also, by the way, have you seen those trailers that show the rock and julie andrews with those wings? well, that's julie andrews playing basically a tough-talking chief tooth fairy in her latest movie called -- >> "the tooth fairy." >> yeah. anyway, she's going to be here this morning talking about all that. and look at her. >> she looks great. she's wonderful. before we get to that, can we bring in a great olympian? chad hedrick, a speed skater, won a silver and bronze medal in torino. now he hopes to get back to the podium in vancouver. chad, nice to see you. >> nice to see you. >> how have you been? >> great.
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excited to get back on the ice and show the world what we have in vancouver. >> chad did something kind of unusual, i think, for an olympic athlete. after torino, and he was so successful in torino, you took eight months off or something like that, and actually gave thought to not coming back to speed skating. >> yeah. you know, after you accomplish your main goal in life, you think, what do i need to do? you know, is there more for me? and it took me a while to figure out that i wanted to come back and be part of the team in vancouver again, and i'm so excited not only to have the opportunity to win a gold medal one time, but to do it two times, it's incredible. >> and you're going to be back with your new family. you got married after torino to lindsey, right, is your wife's name? little girl, hadley. >> yeah. i have a 10-month-old baby and my wife lindsey. we've been married just under two years and it's been incredible. so, now i've got two new fans and i'm just stoked to go back and represent the u.s. again. >> you already got a little pair of skates for her, have you? >> we're going to hide the skates for a bit, you know. it's been a long ride for me. so, hopefully, she wants to play tennis or something like that. >> stay warm, something warmer.
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>> yeah. >> meantime, you have switched up your training. there's some changes you made. how's that working out for you? >> well, my training, i changed to a new coach, derek carr, who won the olympics in 2002, is a great friend of mine. he understands my background, coming from the sport of inline skating, and i'm just ecstatic at the immateriprovements i'm m on a daily basis, and i think i'm headed in the right direction, and that's the most important thing right now. >> you were so gracious with your time for us in torino, so we look forward to seeing you in vancouver, chad. >> it was great and i hope to have another experience like that. >> have your medals at 4:00 a.m. -- >> you're there. >> consider yourself booked. >> exactly. >> chad, thanks very much. >> thank you. >> good luck to you. >> and now we're going to head out to l.a., right? another check of the weather from al. >> hey, al. >> we miss you. >> thanks a lot. well, we miss you guys, and hopefully, we'll be back tomorrow. rain's lightened up a little bit, and that's good news for these families, over 500 who have been evacuated in the la
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kcan canada flintridge area. as we head toward the weekend, try to get this behind us all. we'll show you for saturday, east coast looks fabulous, sunshine and mild conditions down through florida. wet weather through the four cornersarea, the southwest. wet weather in the pacific northwest with sunshine in california. and then sunday, sunday, we're looking at more rain moving into the upper ohio river valley, icy conditions around the central great lakes, rain from northern california into the pacific northwest with windy conditions, but southern partly sunny and cold on this thursday morning, we'll have increasing cold throughout the day with highs of 40 degrees. then a combination of snow, sleet, rain and freezing rain, that will linger into friday afternoon. some back saturday, maybe some moderate to heavy rain sunday. this wintry mix tonight will likely leave an inch of accumulation. two to four inches of sleet further north.
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and that's your latest weather. for any weather, all your weather any time of the day or night,o to the weather channel on cable or online. matt? >> all right, al, thank you very much. when we come back, we'll sit do
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we are back at 8:37. julie andrews was already a broadway legend when she made her feature film debut in the 1964 classic "mary poppins." she's been filling hearts with joy ever since, and now, believe it or not, 46 years she is flying again, this time in the new movie "tooth fairy." she plays the chief tooth fairy of fairy land, who sentenced a hockey player, played by dwayne "the rock" johnson for time as a
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real tooth fairy. >> i can see, it's real, fairies do exist. >> it's too late. your sentence begins tomorrow. >> no, no, no, no, no, no. there's got to be a way to postpone this, like jury duty. i'm sure up here you have fairy duty or whatever it is you have up here. i've got a coach who's breathing down my neck. who is your supervisor? who's above you, gandhi? who do i talk to, because i want to file a complaint right now. >> you have another assignment. >> another tooth, are you kidding me? >> sometimes there's a double-hitter. >> just tell me where the tooth is so i can just get it and go home! >> oh, no. not until the child falls asleep. >> julie andrews, good morning to you. you know, you have worked with some of the finest actors, leading men, richard burt, christopher plummer, paul newman, but the rock -- >> yeah, i know. >> -- with the wings. in part of the movie, he's got a pink tutu on, which we didn't see there. >> i know. my first glimpse of h on the set -- i mean, i hadn't been introduced or anything -- there he was in the pink tutu and the tights and the wings and still looked gorgeous. >> did you have the urge to mud wrestle with him at that moment? >> no.
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i actually thought what a lovely person you are to look at. he's just so delicious. you just want to stand there and say, yeah, you make me feel very good just looking at you. >> you look like you are having so much fun -- >> we were. >> -- making this movie. and it's not just the rock. billy crystal has a cameo in it, and merchant, from "the office" is in it, too. >> ashley judd, too. >> judd as well. we know you have a sense of humor, but who makes you really laugh, aby laugh? >> oh, my husband. >> blake edwards. >> yeah, no doubt about it. i think his sense of humor was one of the things that attracted me to him, meredith. he is so wicked. it's a very dark sense of humor, but it's kind of wonderful. you just have to let it out. >> so, you like a little bit of the dark side? >> well, when it comes from him, it's just fine, because he gets this kind of twinkle in the eye. >> you know, the movie is a lot of fun, but there's also a real message to it. it's about dreaming. >> yes. >> and not losing hold of your
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dreams and following your dreams. >> and for children to be allowed to have their dreams and to be allowed to fantasize and play, there is a santa claus and there is a tooth fairy and easter bunny or whatever. >> is that what attracted you to the movie? >> yeah, i think -- well, actually, the script is so charming and it just made kind of sweet comedy sense, and it isn't full of gimmicks. it's just -- it's a very nice little movie. i'm very thrilled to be part of it. >> when you were a kid, were you a dreamer as a child? >> oh, i think so, yeah. >> yes? >> i mean, i loved to write as a child. i loved to -- oh, yeah, and certainly dream. i mean, huge, you know, fantasies all the time. i lived in a fantasy world, i think, for a while. >> really? >> yeah. >> because? >> probably as an escape from some issues at home and things like that. but i mean i used to pretend
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that i was married to rodney mcdowell, of all things, because he was so good in "my friend flicker." >> he was, actually. >> yes, he was. >> and he's another handsome guy. >> another sweet, sweet man, yes, used to be. >> you know, there have been a lot of rumors on the internet recently because you're going back to the stage in london in may to perform. >> right. >> all these rumors that you've had vocal reconstructive surgery and this is your big comeback as a musician. so, set the record straight. >> well, that just happened to coincide -- it was an erroneous remark somebody picked up on, and it happened to coincide with the announcement of this lovely concert that i'll be doing in london in may. and although i certainly don't sing the way i used to, i really cannot since the surgery, i managed to produce enough sort of deep bass notes and weave my way through it, and it's just the loveliest evening of music and gifts of music old and new. and one of my children's books has been adapted for symphony
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orchestra and narration, much like "peter and the wolf." and so, we'll be doing that and a lot of wonderful music by rogers and hammer stein. >> there is an article about you recently where you talked about your daughter, emma, who's helped write some of the books with you and publish as well. >> yes. >> who said to you -- we were upset about your voice -- and she said nice your voice now, your books. >> yeah. actually, i was sort of moaning away, and she said, "mom, you've just found a new way of using your voice," and i have to say, everything just kind of dropped into place for me, because the books have now become really important. >> and again, the books are about wonderment, and i can't think of children who need more of that message now than the kids in haiti, who have suffered so much. and i know you are behind an organization called "operation usa." >> yeah. >> you and your husband founded it. >> it's a small u.s. relief agency. >> and you've been on the ground 48 hours, on the ground delivering supplies. from a personal point of view, talk to me about haiti and what those people need from us now. >> oh, my gosh. well, particularly the children,
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which we're seeing all over our televisions at the moment, but everybody needs help. and it's so painful to watch and see that the aid is certainly getting there, and god knows people are generous. and it's just -- it can never be fast enough. one of the things about "operation usa" is that it's not a huge organization, and i call them the little ship that can get in where the big ships can't. the big ships sometimes take a little bit longer to organize and stock up all that they need, and our little organization just gets right to it. and their overheads are amazingly small. so, it's a very good little -- if anybody's looking to give some money or donate to it, it's a good place to go. operation usa. >> thank you for what you're doing in haiti and thank you for the joy you bring us always. >> thank you. >> such a pleasure. >> yeah, lovely to see you again. >> thank you, julie. julie andrews. the movie "tooth fairy" opens tomorrow nationwide. up next, three chefs compete to make the best meal
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we're back at 8:46, and it's "meal or no meal." we asked three accomplished chefs to plan a meal for a family of four with a budget -- get this -- just $10. meredith, ann and natalie are here to judge. they're right upstairs. >> whoo-hoo! >> but right now, let's meet our competitors. michael lomonaco is the executive chef of porterhouse in new york, and, by the way, the winner of the first "meal or no meal" challenge. ingrid is with "simply dlisosso." and rounding out the competition, celebrity chef curtis stone. good morning, everybody. nice to see you. >> good morning. >> are you ready? >> ready! >> this is a challenge, a family of four, $10? >> 10 bucks! >> since you were the winner of the first challenge, we'll start
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with you. what did you decide to make? >> matt, i have iron skillet mushroom steak fajitas, oven baked sweet potato fries and apple brown betty. >> for less than $10? >> less. >> tell me quickly how we make the first course. >> this is chuck steak, sliced thinly. it's now in the pan. and i'm about to add back to it the onions that i sauteed already and the mushrooms i cooked. those cook together and then we serve them with tortillas and we serve them with the sweet potato fries, and it's a beautiful little dinner. >> scallions on the top there. >> that's it. >> as a garnish. >> exactly. >> and the sweet potato fries are roasted? >> oven roasted with vegetable spray in the oven and oven fried. >> and apple brown belttty? >> day-old bread, half a portion, cream. >> how much did you spend? >> $9.89. >> way to defend your title. ingrid, what did you make?
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>> well, we've got the pie that's a take on a shepherd's pie. and it's healthy and it's got six portions. >> what's in there? >> ground turkey, green pepper, onions. now we're adding tomatoes, cilantro, chipotle chili, so it's got tons of flavor. >> little ck to it. >> we have some tomato cumin and beans. now i'm dividing my protein into half animal, turkey and beans. >> okay. >> so, you stretch your dollar. >> all right, you mix that all together, saute it. >> mix it all up, you saute it, nix all up. we add a little bit of cheese. >> okay. >> and now we're going to actually top it with a little bit of corn bread. >> okay. >> so, this goes all into -- >> and then does the whole thing go in the oven? how long? >> the whole thing goes in the oven, in 20 minutes you're literally at the table eating. >> okay. what'd you spend on all your ingredients? >> i spent $9.40 -- >> okay. >> plus, i added the cucumber --
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>> came in a little under lomonaco. >> but i've got six portions, the next day for lunch. to me, that's important. >> what are you doing? >> i'm doing a slight ribbed pork shoulder with brazed cabbage. >> okay, talk to me about the ingredients. you love cabbage, i know. >> we love cabbage. i think january, everyone's trying to lose a bit of weight, so we want to keep it super healthy. i've got onion with little bit of leek, carrots, which go in, little bit of crushed garlic and some thyme. >> okay. >> so, all beautil, healthy ingredients. >> while you're telling us about this, i just want to mention, we've got completed dishes upstairs, and meredith, ann and natalie are going to be tasting those -- >> we can't stop eating. >> curtis, didn't mean to interrupt. >> to our beautiful vegetables, we add more vegetables. loads of cabbage, which is full of vitamins and minerals -- >> also extremely inexpensive. >> a lot of fiber. this is organic cabbage. so i even managed to get organic in here for the price. you sweat that down -- >> how long would that take?
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>> it takes maybe, you know, 25 minutes? >> okay. >> when you're cooking on a budget, what's important is choosing your ingredients. so, instead of going for a pork loin or a pork fillet, go for a pork shoulder, which is a much cheaper cut of meat, but you have to cook it longer. >> as a result, you have to tenderize it and cook it a little longer. >> a little sherry and a little chicken stock. >> okay, fine. >> okay, so, that goes in. a touch of salt, just a little bit, and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. >> okay, great. so, at the end of this, you cook the pork shoulder on the side? >> you cook the shoulder with celery, thyme, bay leaves, a little stock, and of course, just a touch ofacon to throw into your cabbage to bring out that nice, smokey flavor. >> give me an idea what you spent on all your ingredients. >> $8.87. >> $8.87? you're the lowest? $8.87, $9.49 -- >> $9.79. >> $9.79. >> three dishes! >> oh. >> you're going to rub that in, right? >> three dishes. all right, we're going to find out what our judges think of
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taste, flavor, all that kind of stuff, when we conclude
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we're back with the conclusion of our "meal or no meal" competition. the challenge, make a meal for a family of four for $10 or less. our judges, meredith, ann and
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natalie. and of course, they're all vying for the coveted white chef's jacket. >> oh. >> which goes to the winner. not unlike the yellow jersey in the tour france. there's been some trash talking down here, ladies. let's start with you, meredith. what do you think? >> they're -- about all of them? >> well, yeah, you could go -- >> i mean, they're all fantastic. i think having the dessert helps with kids, for sure. >> okay. so, we'll start with michael's. is that a meal or no meal? >> to me, that's a meal. >> okay, good. all of you agree. and you like the taste of it? >> very much. >> absolutely. >> very delicious. >> very tender. >> flavorful, has variety, hits all the food groups. >> a little bit of everything. >> absolutely, meal. >> ann, why don't you start with this? we'll go to the next one, ingrid hoffmann, meal or no meal? >> the shepherd's pie is great, spicy, it's got everything. it's fantastic. >> and we love that it's healthy on top of it, which is an important consideration. >> might be spicy for a few kids, but we agreed you can cut down on that.
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>> is that a meal or no meal? >> meal. >> meal, meal, meal. congratulations. that's great. last but not least, curtis stone has been flirting with all the judges all morning. >> that works. >> natalie, we'll start with yo what do you think? >> you know, i love it. i love the fact that the pork shoulder is so tender and that he did it for so cheap. so, he gets bonus points for doing it with a dollar extra. >> yeah. meredith thinks maybe he slayed the neighbor's pig. >> all right, so, meal or no meal on curtis's meal? >> absolutely, meal. >> meal. >> meal. >> you all did a great job. >> pretty good. that's good. you guys have all gotten the meal -- [ ringing ] wait a second. >> oh, no. >> the phone is ringing. hello? oh, it's the judge. it's the judge downstairs. okay. >> they're all fantastic. >> yeah, uh huh? >> we knew we had lomonaco as the returning champion. the dessert is amazing and -- >> he's talking about the fact that you were the defending champion, michael, and you had a lot of pressure on you for this.
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and ingrid, judge? yeah? he likes the fact it's six portions, ingrid. that's a plus in your favor. and curtis -- and the banker likes it. what do you think of curtis's meal? okay. he says he loves the meal. it's bad enough you're that good looking. he still likes your meal, okay? so, who are you going to give it to, judge? the aussie, curtis stone, wins the second installment of "meal or no meal." >> the organic peppers. >> the organic peppers, despite the three-course meal put out by michael lomonaco and the six portions from ingrid hoffmann. michael, congratulations. come accept your white jacket here. >> oh, wow. >> seriously, not unlike the masters, the green jacket. that's for you. >> come on,
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good morning to you, i'm joe krebs on this thursday, this 21st day of january 2010. our time is 8:56, 32 degrees outside. there will be no rest for the weary and uncomfortable. 19 rest stops will be reopened. they were closed last year to save money by then governor tim kaine. the first rest stops will be reopening next month and all 19 will be opened by the middle of april. we'll be back to look at our weather and our traffic, stay
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at mid morning, it's partly sunny and cold, our temperatures are in the upper 20s and low and mid 30s around the region. there is a likelihood of a freezing mix tonight after sunset around the metro area and tapering off tomorrow by mid to late afternoon. then sunday we could get some moderate to heavy rain. this wintry mix may leave about an inch of sleet around the metro area. and two to four inches of sleet farther west and north. shenandoah valley could have a significant ice storm, with two
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inches of snow. how are we doing on the traffic, ashley? >> on the inbound 11th street bridge, 295 from 210 is slow to the break. all earlier accidents cleared but the pace still very slow. joe, back to you. >> ashley, thanks a lot. coming up tonight, a pizza taste the test, dominos
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we're back with you for more of "today" on a thursday morning. it's the 21st of january 2010. it is a bright, sunny, fairly moderate day here in the northeast, and to go along with it, a nice crowd of people out on our plaza. thanks to them. inside the studio, i'm matt lauer along with ann curry and natalie morales. al is out in los angeles covering yet another waive of storms to batter the california coast. al, we kid the people in california that they've got nothing to complain about with the weather. not so this week. >> that's right. well, you know, this is all really a one-two punch. first of all, last year we had the burns, you know, those big
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wildfires. they burned out all the vegetation. now you get the heavy rain and you get mud slides, and we've got one more big storm coming through, and then, hopefully, for the weekend everybody's out of the woods. look at that flooding. >> yeah,t's terrible. >> keep our fingers crossed for them. >> we'll get your forecast in a couple minutes. meanwhile, coming up from here, john edwards comes clean. it's been speculated that the senator and former democratic presidential candidate fathered the baby of his former mistress. he's denied that for two years, saying that the timing of the affair did not coincide with the birth of the baby girl. well, edwards now admits that the baby is his, and in an exclusive statement to nbc news, explains why he denied it until now. we're going to have that for you in just a couple of minutes. all right, also ahead, a cease-fire in the late-night wars. nbc has come up with a $45 million deal for conan o'brien to exit "the tonight show," making way for leno to retake the reins on march 1st. he may be facing off with o'brien as early as september on
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another network. we'll bring you up to date on the latest details, how it all works out, next hour. then, we'll talk about our minds over money. for example, maybe he balances his checkbook to a penny and maybe you don't know where your atm card is half the time. money can be a friction point for a lot of couples. how you handle it, keep track of it, save it. we'll have three tips on working through your conflicts, because it's one of the major reasons why couples fight. >> money and sex, right? number one and number two. >> yeah. >> and children i think are number three. >> exactly. >> there you go. you've got a check of the top stories of the morning? >> i do, matt, i do. we're going to talk more about haiti. there are more makeshift camps springing up for haiti's survivors, and authorities are saying now that 2 million people have been made homeless by last week's earthquake. survivors are still being found. on wednesday, a 5-year-old boy was pulled from the wreckage of his home. house speaker nancy pelosi and other democratic leaders meet today to figure out what's next for health care reform, this after republican scott brown won tuesday's special senate election in massachusetts, ending the democrats' filibuster-proof supermajority. brown is on capitol hill today
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making courtesy calls on his new colleagues. today, defense secretary robert gates pressed pakistan to expand its crackdown on extremists near the border with afghanistan. a federal panel is expected today to determine the probable cause of a deadly commuter train accident. it was a crash near los angeles in 2008. the national transportation safety board is wrapping up its investigation into the crash that killed 25 people and injured at least 130. in his final state of the state message, south carolina governor mark sanford apologized for what he said was the last time for his affair last summer, and he also praised his wife, who filed for divorce last month. lawmakers gave his wife, who was not there, a standing ovation. and the so-called white house gate crashers, tareq and michaele salahi, were called before congress on wednesday, but they weren't talking. they repeatedly invoked their fifth amendment right to remain silent. there is a risk of severe weather today from tenneee to florida. on wednesday there were at least 14 reports of tornadoes in texas
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and louisianahat caused widespread damage, but apparently, no serious injuries. in iowa, a severe ice storm brought down trees and power lines and left thousands without electricity. and in oklahoma, lightning hit an oil tank, setting it on fire. that's a dramatic image. it is now four minutes past the hour. you're up to date. now back to you two. >> all right, ann, thank you very much. so, we've got tornadoes and lightning and snow -- >> ice storms. >> and out in southern lifornia, just a ton of rain. let's go back out there to al for a check of the weather. al? that's right, guys. northern california getting hit pretty hard. flagstaff, arizona, just above there, they're going to be talking about feet of snow. so, it's a crazy weather day. and of course, here in the southland of california, they've got big problems. mud slides,nd as we look at what's going on right now, low pressure, big area of low pressure, this one a monster low actually may be a historic record low pressure, bringing in wind gusts of over 60 miles per hour besides the heavy rain.
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rainfall amounts, we're talking anywhere from one to eight inches of rain. in fact, that heavy rain extends as far into arizona and in the mountains there. we're talking one to three feet of snow. and then as we move to the east, we've got tornado watches from pensacola, florida, all the way to jacksonville and on into southern georgia. this is valid until 4:00 this afternoon. and heavy rain is moving into the area. look on the radar. you can see those strong storms cutting right through the panhandle of florida on into georgia and parts of a complex storm system is heading our way, between now and sunset we should stay dry with increasing clouds, right now it's partly sunny and 34 in washington. highs today near 40 degrees and then clouding up the rest of the day. then the wintry mix tonight, a combination of snow, sleet and freezing rain early this evening and tapering off tomorrow afternoon. could get some heavy rain on sunday. about an inch of snow and sleet
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and that's your latest weather. ann? >> all right, al, thank you. and now john edwards, the u.s. senator and former democratic candidate now confirms to nbc news that he is the father of rielle hunter's 22-month-old baby girl, something a lot of people had long suspected. nbc's senior investigative correspondent lisa myers has details for us this morning. hey, lisa, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, again, ann. senator edwards' statement has been months in the making and confirms, as you said, what many americans have already concluded, that at the same time he was running for president, john edwards fathered a child. today, he is publicly embracing that child for the first time. >> this way, senator. >> reporter: after two years of scandal, deception and betrayal -- >> the story's false. >> reporter: -- that destroyed his political career and wrecked his personal life, john edwards
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this morning is trying to right a wrong. are you speaking for the senator today? >> i am speaking for the senator to the extent that anyone can, yes. >> reporter: harrison hickman is edwards' longtime close friend and trusted political adviser, coming forward to help deliver a message aboutrances quinn hunter, the child born to rielle hunter, with whom edwards had an affair. >> the senator wants to say, first of all, that he is the father of quinn. secondly, he wants people to know that he has provided for her and will continue to provide for her, as he should, both financially and emotionally. >> reporter: in a written statement provided exclusively to nbc news, edwards says, "i am inn's father. i will do everything in my power to provide her with the love and support s deserves. it was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me." when he talks about the child,
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what does he tell you? how does he feel about this child? >> he talks about her being a beautiful child and a happy child. like any father, he talks about how it makes him feel when he's around quinn, which is, you know, very happy. i think he's very proud of this child. >> this child is almost 2 years old. why did it take so long for the senator to acknowledge that he is her father? >> it's a lot more complicated, i think, than most people think. there are a lot of adults involved, and i think they wanted to handle this the right way for jack and emma claire and cate as well as for quinn. >> reporter: edwards' attorney says he's been seeing quinn and providing financial support for about a year and just signed a child support agreement with hunter. a spokesperson for elizabeth edwards says she learned last summer that quinn is her husband's child. today's announcement marks another chapter in the fall of a man once considered a leading
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candidate for president. >> we're going to start changing this country now. >> reporter: a man whose hubris and recklessness brought personal destruction. in this photo, edwards is seen with both his wife and his mistress the night before he first conded to his wife he'd been unfaithful, but when tabloid headlines forced a public admission of the affair with hunter, his campaign videographer in august 2008, he denied hunter's child was his. >> i know that it's not possible that this child could be mine because of the timing of events. so, i know it's not possible. >> reporter: did he know at the time that this was his daughter? >> i don't know if he knew it was his daughter at the time, but i know he lied when he said it was not possible, and he knows he lied, you know. i think he is certainly regretful for that. >> reporter: the senator also has said that the affair with rielle hunter occurred when elizabeth's cancer was in remission. however, this child was conceived three months after
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elizabeth announced that her cancer was back and it was incurable. >> you're right. i mean, as he has said, he's been deceitful about it. he's lied about it. >> reporter: elizabeth edwards is still undergoing cancer treatment and makes occasional public appearances about health care. she opened a furniture shop last summer in chapel hill, north carolina, not far from the family's mansion. how is elizabeth feeling with this new member of the family? >> elizabeth thinks that he should acknowledge this. it's been a very difficult time for everyone, but for elizabeth i think more than anyone else it's bee a difficult time. >> reporter: friends say john and elizabeth edwards have separated, at least for now, but still talk on a regular basis. edwards bought this house for quinn and her mother to live in in charlotte, more than two hours away from his home in chapel hill, which set the neighborhood abuzz.
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>> i haven't heard anybody say, "oh, no!" but it's been like, oh, gosh. then we've got, oh, dear, that means the press will be here a lot. >> reporter: john edwards now tries to stay out of the public otlight. he spends time atis beach house and went to el salvador three times last year to help build houses for the poor. >> he's done good, old-fashione work. i mean, he's helped build hospitals, schools. >> reporter: in his statement, edwards said, "to all those i have disappointed and hurt, these words will never be enough, but i am truly sorry." >> he knows that saying he's sorry isn't enough, but he is incredibly remorseful about the pain he's caused people. he wants to be a good father and, you know, be a good person again. >> reporter: ann, edwards is not speaking publicly today, at least in part because of an ongoing federal investigation into whether campaign money was used to try to cover up the affair. he has denied wrongdoing. tomorrow on "today," we'll have a look at that investigation and at the former aide who now
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claims to have been at the center of that coveup. >> all right, lisa myers, thank you for your reporting on this matter. thank you so much. and coming up next, a late-night truce. nbc and conan o'brien reach an exit deal and jay leno comes back to "tonight." and later, mind over money. three tips
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and weeks of speculation, it is now official. nbc's confirming this morning that the network and conan o'brien have reached a deal. nbc's lee cowan is in los angeles with the latest. lee, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. yeah, that announcement is expected to be made later on this morning. that does allow conan to leave.
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in fact, his very last "tonight show" will be tomorrow night. the terms of the deal, it's estimated that it's worth about $45 million. about $33 million goes to conan o'brien. the rest of it goes out to pay out severance packages for the rest of his staff. but even though conan is allowed to leave, some of his characters, anything he specifically created for nbc, those are nbc's property and do not go with him. >> thank you very much, everybody! >> reporter: only a professional comedian could joke about walking away from the dream job he wanted most of his adult life, but legality has just given his punch lines from media punch. >> hi, everyone. i'm conan o'brien. i'm sorry i'm a little late. i had a job interview at lady footlocker. >> reporter: nbc officially handed "the tonight show" back to its former owner, jay leno, bringing the curtain down on an embarrassing chapter of nbc that took teams of lawyers weeks to iron out. >> i spent the afternoon at universal studios amusement park, enjoying their brand new ride, the tunnel of litigation.
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>> reporter: under the terms of the deal, conan o'brien leaves nbc with millions the network would have otherwise paid him and is allowed to eventually seek a television show on a competing network. as for jay leno, he's out of his failed primetime gig but right back where he was for 17 years, saying the network valued him too much to lose, but that reasoning seemed to puzzle even him. >> how valuable can i be? you fired me twice. how valuable can i be? >> reporter: nbc universal chief executive jeff zucker told charlie rose this week that he regrets conan's departure. >> i feel terribly that conan isn't going to be at nbc where he was given a chance 17 years ago and was a homegrown star and that, ultimately, it will end this way. i don't feel good about that, obviously. >> reporter: but in the end, he said it was a business decision. >> this wasn'txactly what the viewers wanted. and so, i don't know that we would have done this exactly,
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but i do think that taking a risk and trying something new is something that we should always be willing to do. >> reporter: ironically, the highly publicized dust-up has given conan some of the highest ratings he's had since he started as "the tonight show" host. fans have even organized "save cocoa" rallies and vow to folw him wherever he ends up. >> nearly 17 million people watched the golden globes sunday night on nbc. and as a result, nbc today announced we'll be airing repeats of the golden globes five nights a week at 10:00, right here. we will have the show on five nights a week. >> reporter: for now, nbc has temporarily solved its late-night woes but have an even larger one looming -- what to do with the primetime slot that jay leno leaves behind, not the kind of drama nbc brass is hoping for. and, natalie, jay leno is expected to return to his old-new slot, back on "the tonight show" on monday, march 1st. that's the first monday after
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the li olympics are over. conan o'brien will be free to seek other opportunities and will be allowed back on the air september 1st. >> interesting to see how that competition turns out.'s pop culture columnist courtney hazlett has been reporting on all the late-night drama. good morning. >> good morning. >> let's talk about this $45 million deal. i understand part of it involved conan negotiating for his staff's severance as well. >> entirely. there are dozens and dozens of staffers who left new york city to move their families to los angeles. we're talking about husbands, wives, kids being put in new schools so that they could go t los angeles, and i am told that conan definitely wanted to make sure that his whole staff was not protected and not left on the large. >> like $32 million for him, $12 million for his staff, as i understand. >> and i'm told he's also paying some out of pocket as well. there are complicated financial arrangements when you start working with different unions and that sort of thing that would prevent them from getting the full package, and so, conan's making sure that
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happens, too. >> in terms of his next move, as lee was reporting, that could happen as soon as september 1st. >> correct. >> what are some of the networks that are rumored to be in the running for him? >> well, fox definitely is in the running. we've been talking about this since the very beginning. the person who runs fox, a good friend of conan o'brien's. you're talking about a guy who's been -- >> similar time slot? >> i do believe you're going to see a similar time slot. that network has really been wanting a late-night competitor for quite some time. and i think what's important here is, before we go crying for conan -- i don't think many of us are when you hear numbers like that. >> not now, right. >> but he's been in show business for a long time. he's got friends in high places that are going to take care of him. >> why do you think he did not do well in the 11:30 time slot? was that a result of the primetime thing with jay not working out and it kind of backfired on conan as well, or is it just conan didn't work out in that slot? >> i believe it to be a perfect storm sort of situation. i believe that jay was a factor. >> yeah. >> also believe that the move to los angeles might have had a greater impact than anybody really thought. when your publicist and you're
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booking your clients and you've got these late-night wars going on, which network do you go to, there's a lot of cache in sending your client out to battle it out between the competitors in late night in new york city as opposed to just making the rounds just in l.a. so, i think there's a lot of arguments to be made for the impact that move had. some people said he's lost his edge out will, too. >> the impact on jay remains to be seen. a lot of people have said -- as we see, there's a lot of team coco out there or team conan. how could this affect jay's ratings? >> i don't believe that jay suddenly going back to his old show is going to be that fascinating. when you look at the numbers and see the people who stopped watching, you didn't see all of them go to david letterman or people switched allegiances. they just stopped watching. so it's not just about getting viewers back from the competitor, it's getting people to watch television again. >> right. >> in the way they used to. but also those booking wars again and being able to get those guests back on. do you think those in hollywood
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are going to be lining up to get back on jay again? >> no. just to be perfectly frank. a number of actors i spoke to at the golden globes, this was a huge topic of conversation, were saying, you know what, i don't necessarily think i want to go on leno's show. i found that to be very interesting. >> wow. >> now when push comes to shove, when it comes time to promote a film or something like that, we'll see if that really happens. but the general feeling, when hollywood starts to turn against you, that's bad news. it's one thing to watch the tide of public opinion move one way or another. >> right. >> but when the people who actually know the person say, you know what, i'm on conan's team, you have to pay attention. >> such a shame and so many hurdles still ahead. >> indeed. >> courtney hazlett, thanks so much. you can read more of her articles on as well. coming up, are you too busy to cook? we're going to give you a strategy for easy, plan-ahead meals. but first, these messages. there's nothing more important than the ones you love, which is why now is the time to protect them and yourself. the h1n1 flu vaccine is available now
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it 9:26 is your time now, 32 degrees. a live look at ronald reagan international airport. good morning, everyone. in the news this morning, a warning for women this morning. in arlington, someone has been exposing himself to women along one popular trail, they say he struck at least five times last week along the w.n.o.d. trail. we're going to take a break and check your weather and traffic when we come back.
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good morning, we have sunshine right now, in the low and mid 30s, increasing clouds and a wintry mix with a combination of snow, sleet, rain, and freezing rain all around the region ending by mid to late afternoon on friday. sun back in on sunday. for this storm for tonight, maybe just an inch of snow and sleet around the d.c. metro area, two to four inches of north farther west and north. how is the traffic. >> still pretty slow, we're taking a live look at i-370 in gaithersburg, very slow traffic off and on on 270 southbound heading toward you. the earlier accident at 355 is cleared away. so lingering delays on 270. so a little extra time needed
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couples fight is because of money. we'll show you how to alleviate some stress, live with each other's personality and maybe save a little cash with an expert this morning. plus, kids and stress, the other reason a lot of couples fight is having to do with the kids, but 45% of today's teens say they are worried more than in the past year than in the year before. from school to sports to their social life to the economic hard times. it all adds up to a lot of adolescent anxiety. we're going to show you, and hopefully, give you some tools for dealing with all that. a lot going on. >> the study says parents underestimate how stressed out their kids are. also coming up in "today's kitchen," easy recipes you can make ahead and store for a quick dinner on a busy night. we have a lot of busy nights. first, let's check the weather with al, who's in los angeles covering the big rains there. hey, al. >> that's right. right now, good news is things have let up just a bit, but we are expecting more rain coming in here a little later today. let's show you what's happening as far as your weekend is concerned. so, hopefully, this will just be a bad memory for a lot of folks
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out west. we've got sunshine out here, rain in the pacific northwest. east coast looks pretty good. rain from the gulf coast up into the mid-mississippi river valley, icy conditions in the upper ohio river, mississippi river r we have sunshine now here in washington, some clouds around the rest of virginia, but most of maryland sunny now and temperatures in the low and mid 30s. highs today reaching the low and mid 40s. we'll have a wintry mix coming in tonight ending by friday in the afternoon. sun back turday, moderate to heavy rain possible on sunday. we could get up to an inch of that's your latest weather. ann? >> all right, a little bird tells us that you'll be back tomorrow. is that right? >> i don't know. i don't know any birds.
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attract can be exciting in a relationship, it can also be a source of a lot of tension when it comes to combining finances. stacy morrison is the editor in chief of "redbook" magazine, which out lines three solutions in this month's issue. and "today" contributor gail saltz is the associate professor of psychiatry for new york presbyterian hospital. good morning, ladies. >> good morning. >> a big source of conflict for couples is money, and actually the reason for divorce. >> this is the number one source of arguing and source of divorce, with sex being a close second, but it is. >> let's get to the first thing you say, stacy. it's important to identify your money personality. >> right. >> what do you mean by that? >> we have natural tendencies. either you're somebody who likes to spend, spend, spend and not think about it, or you're a tight wad and spending money actually hurts you, and there are other personalities in the middle. you have to kind of work with it. it's not that any one of them is wrong, but you have to acknowledge what that natural personality is and work with it and make plans together. >> right. it's not like you're going to change out your partnership -- >> absolutely not.
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>> you're not going to end your marriage based on this, but gail, how do you work with your partner in merging the personalities to a more ageable solution? >> it's first about understanding who you are, because we're not actually conscious of which type we are. when you look at families of origin and how you were raised and your reaction to that, you will have a better understanding of who you are and why, and then you want to understand who your partner is and why, because you're not going to change the essence of them. >> right. >> but if you understand and can empathize -- so, can understand that if they're a tight wad and you're making them spend that it makes them anxious. >> yes. >> that it's not that they don't want you to have, it makes them anxious. if you can stand in their shoes, then you can come to a compromise of something that at least is in the middle for both of you. >> so, this brings us to our next steps, which is establishing some of those ground rules, stacy. >> exactly. >> take us through rule number one. >> the most obvious one most people don't do, you have to do a household budget together. and what that means is not just what are our paychecks and what's our mortgage or rent, it's every single thing you spend put into a spreadsheet.
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and you can find budget sheets anywhere, you can find them at it's your lattes, everything goes in there. and once you look at that, you can have the actual conversation of are we spending more than we take in and then realizing, gosh, maybe -- >> without being accusatory, also. >> absolutely. >> you don't want to point the fij, say you're buying too many lattes. >> but it gets you to deal with reality without all the emotions involved, as gail was talking about. second thing is to make decisions about whether you merge all your money or don't. there's no one way that's right, but have a discussion about whether you want joint checking accounts and a shared saving account or whatever. that way, you know how you money flows, where do the paychecks come in, who writes the bills, who does the more long-term stuff so that you know who's in charge of what instead of tumbling through it. >> and money often, gail, is tied with emoons and all of this, and it really comes down to a control issue. >> yes. >> so, how important is it to have your own source of money, separate, like a separate
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account? >> again it really depends on each of your personalities. >> right. >> if the issue is that one is controlling the other with the money -- because money equals power in a relationship. >> yes. >> so, if it's about one person sort of trying to exert the power -- first, you want to look at why do they need that? do they feel powerless in other ways, in loving ways? you can address that without addressing money. but if power is really what's going on, then it would be best to keep a little pot that's separate so that minute to minute, you're not going through that power struggle. >> you've got to have your fun money, too. >> your fun money. and you're really looking at the bigger picture for the power issue. >> right. >> and stacy, you say another important thing is to set up weekly meetings. >> right. >> where you touch base, talk about your spending, talk about where you're going off on the budget. >> and another reason to do that is so you're not attacking each other with money all during the week, so if you come home with a shopping bag, your husband can't say, "what'd you buy"? >> and don't hide the purchases, too -- >> it's honesty. the thing that pulls at marriages is the desire to lie. >> marriages really break down
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over communication. >> completely. >> and lack of communication about the money will be a huge source of distress all week long. so, if you write down what you want to talk about at that meeting -- >> right. >> -- so you don't get all flustered and feel emotional overridden, and you be completely honest. it's the transparency, because betrayal in any arena is going to erode away a marriage. >> exactly. >> so, betrayal about money, it's the same. >> and you say have an annual review, sort of a date. >> shared goals is the safe place for money, shared goals. do you want to buy a house, have children, send them to college, do you want to retire? what's the vacation you want to take this year? you have to make plans. it's sort of like weight loss. you have to put a little bit away all through the year so you can make these goals. >> also, year to year, poop happens, as they say, you know? the economy changes. >> exactly. >> things change and you have to address it and you developmentally change over the years. >> exactly. >> so, what you want and what you need -- >> and what matters. >> -- and what matters to you will change. >> exactly. >> you should have a new game
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a recent study found that if kids don't learn healthy ways to manage stress now, it could have some serious effects down the line. we've got parenting expert and "today" contributor michele borba here with some details on how you can help your child handle the daily pressures of everyday life. michele, good morning. >> good morning to you. >> this survey was recently conducted by the american psychological association, and it says that parents not only fail to fully recognize how stressed out their kids are, they underestimate their impacts. what are some of the numbers? >> well, 46% of our teens are saying that they're more stressed this year as opposed to last year. we also look at other surveys that are saying, clearly, it's mounting. and the bim line is, we've got to get concerned and get a handle on it, because it can impact their emotional wellbeing. >> and it can start at age 3. there are a lot of reasons why they're stressed out, but the economic downturn could be a factor. they're feeling it prosecute their parents. >> yes, and they're saying it does. with family finances and school
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pressures are the two big ones. school pressures maybe because they're so concerned about, too, getting that scholarship. >> and this can cause a lot of behavioral changes that might be clues for parents listening in terms of recognizing whether or not their kids are suffering too much stress. >> yep. so, look at behavior, look at bed-wetting, look at irritability, look at sleep all of a sudden or lack of it. look also at, certainly, the grades and where it's going in life, your relationship with your child. there's a lot of variables to look at, but figure out how your child handles stress so you can find a way to help reduce it. >> last on that list was illness, and if your kid's getting sick a lot, that may be a sign. okay, starting with very young kids, because we said it can start at age 3. i think mae earlier, but around that age, according to the american psychological association. what is this all about? this looks fun. >> this is all about what we know and is the fastest way to really help a child relax is to get a deep, slow breath into your mind, get oxygen there. tough for a 3-year-old.
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so, you can help your child practice it with bubble blowing. blow your bubbles away, get rid of the worry, but the key is that deep, slow, so they can practice. and then in the here and now, when they're there, take some magic breaths and get rid othe stress. >> so, you're having you or your child write down these messages that calm them down. >> you find one message. mcgill university found that if you can help your child find a positive message that he can self talk and say, it could be "i need to calm down" or "go away, worry, you can't bother me," but if they put it on a card, just that one, and rephrase it over and over again, it will kick in. >> one time i was really stressed up and my son said to me, "mom, calm down." so, now it's a joke. we say thatnd we laugh. >> but it kicks in. >> you can also use drawing, which is important for getting out your emotions. >> it is. kids who are auditory, they can say it. kids who are visual, they can see it. find the peaceful place that makes you feel peaceful.
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it can be grandma's, tree fort. >> and you can photograph -- >> draw it, photograph it. >> what is this one about? >> it's a formula. one is, when you start to feel yourself getting upset, tell yourself calm down. that's one. three is take three slow, deep breaths, because you've been doing the bubble blowing, you know it. ten is count slowly to ten. put them together and practice it. it's one plus three plus ten. >> a lot of parents can use that. >> exactly. >> you've got a little box here that kids can go to if they have a lot of stress where they can use different things. >> yep. i love stress boxes in a family, but what you do is introduce one thing each week at a time. it could be a kush ball, it could be pound your stress away, draw your stress out. but if you add one thing at a time, you'll begin to see which your child goes to. >> the thing you talked about at the beginning was teenagers. and that was a really high number. that's why you recommend introducing yoga. >> yoga. >> i also massage my children, even my teenagers whenever they ha it. we like it. why wouldn't we want to rub our
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kids' shoulders, right? >> miami university shows that not only will it stress reduce your child, but rebuild their immune system. teens say yoga helps, and you can do it with your child. >> make sure the connections are good even as they move into their teens. michele borba, thanks so much. >> you're so welcome. >> great ideas. coming up next, making life easier in the kitchen. some recipes that
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this morning in "today's kitchen," comfort food that's easy and affordable. our hot chef, don welch, is the author of "dollars to donuts." she's also owner and short order cook at the landmark cafe in oklahoma. good morning, dawn. >> good morning. >> oklahoma, you were just voted one of the most popular oklahoma oklahomans. >> yes, i was. >> what comes with that honor? >> just a lot of problem --
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>> bragging rights. >> yeah. people saying good and bad, but i love it. >> no. we've heard great things about the rock cafe. >> i love oklahoma and i love all the women there. >> good. you've got a good philosophy about cooking. >> i do. >> which is, i think for parents and busy parents, that is an easy philosophy. it's all about make ahead and store for later, right? >> yes, it is, absolutely. dollars to donuts is, you know, an old-fashioned saying that's all about, for me, it means i'll bet you a dollar to donut i can have you eating better and saving time and money with these easy tips and tricks and recipes. >> very good. and you're making a sauce today -- >> yes, i am. >> which you can use in various recipes. you're going to show us three different recipes. this is like a white cheese sauce? >> yes. this is from the covering your bases chapter. there are four sauces in there that you can mix and match with different meals. today i'm making the creamy parmesan sauce. >> all right, so, we're seeing the ingredients there. >> yes. i've got about five ingredients in this. it's a 15-minute sauce. you can double batch it and put it away for later. >> so, ts is something you can
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use for pastas to other dishes. >> yeah, to vegetables. what i've done here is i've had a stick of butter. >> okay. >> i've added some garlic -- >> mozzarella cheese. >> white pepper. use whatever color pepper you like. that just kind of makes it pretty. and i've added some cream, milk if you like. >> so boil it down and let it simmer. >> yes. you want to simmer this. then you want to come over here once it's good and boiling. add your parmesan cheese. let this simmer for about -- you don't want it to come to a good, hard boil, but let it cook for about 12 minutes. then we're going to -- it will thicken up, as you can see here. >> a nice cream. >> hi. >> and this is going to make it thicker and more sumptuous. >> we've got a minute to get to the rest. >> here we go. >> you can actually freeze this, which is great. >> put it away and use it later. >> which is perfect. >> and when you unfreeze it, it tastes the same? >> exactly the same. >> i love that. >> my kids love it. they can use it with vegetables. this is the lasagna. you're here at my lasagna party now. >> exactly.
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>> so, you're going to use no-bake noodles. makes it easy. >> no-boil noodles, uh huh. >> that way, you can assemble it. >> and you can freeze this as well. >> if you wanted to. >> pour this -- >> then add more cheese -- >> lasagna? >> you had huff. >> and also with the broccoli, right? >> yeah, that's what my kids -- i call it c
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9:456 is our time. beautiful bright sunshine out there. we have some changes headed our way. good morning, i'm joe krebs and in the news4 today. a teacher at sidwell friends school has been fired after being charged with sexual abuse. robert peterson taught seventh and eighth grade social studies. he was charged in two separate indents involving a minor. let's get a check of that weather forecast. >> it's sunny now, and we have temperatures now climbing into the mid 30s, we'll hit the low 40s. by this afternoon, the clouds will be thickening up as the day progresses and then a wintry mix and a combination of slow, sleet and freezing rain will linger into friday afternoon before ending. could get some moderate rain on
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sunday. farther west and north, two to four inches of snow and sleet. how's the traffic? >> we have a problem right in the center of town. a broken down vehicle on the e street expressway that's cause delays all the way back to the expressway. >> coming up tonight on news4 at 5:00, a pizza paste test. dominos has revamped its
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captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello, everybody. it is thursday. thank you so much for joining us on the january 21st day of the brand new year. how are you, darling? >> i'm good. we don't match today. >> no, no. >> what happened? >> sort of like our government, they just lost communication. >> what happened here? we usually communicate and didn't today. >> we've had a crew following us around all morning. >> that's right, we have. you know who you are. this is one of those days you don't know where to begin. >> okay. the lead story on our newscast
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this morning was john edwards. i found this pretty surprising. john edwards came out and said, admitted that he was the father of riehle hunter's daughter. we didn't actually see him say it, but he said it, a, in a written statement and, b, sent out a friend and trusted lisa m talk about it. >> which begs the question, i am quinn's father, i will do everything in my power to provide her with the love and support she deserves. i have been able to spend time with her during the past year and trust that future efforts to show her the love and affection she deserves. >> i thought, first of all -- >> he does say it was wrong for me to ever deny she was my daughter. >> here is the thing. first of all, when you come clean, which i think is what he's doing, i tnk you typically want to see the person who did it, not his friend. >> yeah. >> i thought it was a little weird, to send his friend out to speak for him. and lisa was asking the friend, asking him about specifics, what things he had said. and he said that he had told
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lies and, you know, the friend is admitting it on john edwards' behalf. what do you think of the whole deal? >> i think, yet again, he has made one bad, poor choice, which he does over and over again. we're seeing a pattern of deceit, and it seems cowardly to me. >> not to come out youelf? >> take it like a ma come out and say what you did, and then spend the rest of your life trying to be the man they all hoped you were to begin with. i wish him well. i wish that beautiful little girl all the best. i understand that john and his wife, beautiful wife, are separated now. >> that's what we're reporting. >> we don't know what the future holds. i'm sure they would have loved for this to have just gone away because of the tiger woods' sighting, what happened in massachusetts and so much going on. >> it made me sick to my stomach when he had that interview with
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"nightline" and said i was having an affair, basically, but my wife was in remission, which i thought was gross. but later it turned out if you do the timing with the baby, that was untrue, too. >> she was not in remission. >> so, you hear about all of that stuff and -- i don't know. the reason they say he didn't speak was because of some legal issue surrounding something. >> tn give your statement okayed by your adviser and your attorney, but let it be your face that we see. i think it was a poor choice. >> all right. so, speaking of faces that we see -- >> speaking of poor choices. >> and faces that we see or we're not sure really. tiger woods allegedly, apparently reportedly has been photographed. >> reported to the national enquirer, so we don't know. >> that's the picture that is in the paper in the national enquirer. it's a hooded -- you can't reallyee that clearly. >> and he's bearded. >> apparently that door is normally closed. it opens every now and then for deliveries and whatnot. the whole place, which, i think, is a sex rehab facility. >> facility in hattiesburg,
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mississippi. >> is all encased and that was a moment when it opened, maybe there was a delivery, a car and snapped that. >> we've been hearing some rumors for quite some time that this is where he was. i'm sure they've had this staked out. the guy has probably been there for weeks. it's supposedly a six-week course you take. i don't know. >> what is that? >> i don't know how much of it -- i believe it might be him, but i don't know how much of the other things -- i've had so much written about me where they said a close friend said that i don't ever trust that stuff. they're saying he's living alone in one of those sort of bungalow places that he spent $100,000 to have it revamped for him. who knows if that's true. and some of the other people there are complaining because his presence there is impacting their treatment so much. so, i have a solution for him. >> what's the solution? >> if, indeed, that's happening and people can't go work out at the gym or ymca to swim or workout because they're afraid reporters might get to people and that, then this is it.
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if the other people are being impacted by what he did, i think he should pay for all of their treatment. he can afford it. you know, listen, i'm sorry i'm here for the same thing you are. your treatment might be affected. i'll pay your $60,000 fee. i don't know how many people are there. >> he should pay. that's actually a good idea. >> a whole bunch of sex addicts in there. what did you just say? >> i bet there's a whole bunch. >> that's what they're there for, addiction to sex. >> i know, but i bet there are many. a lot of people -- this is not a funny thing, hoda woman. there are a lot of people addicted to sex. you think you're the only one? anyway, go ahead. >> all right, people. a deal has been struck between conan o'brien and nbc. now, the deal has been confirmed, we've heard, from officials here, but so far we don't know what that deal is. there's supposed to be more details being released this morning. the bottom line is conan is leaving and jay is going to return to his 11:35 slot and then the mon is still up in the air, but some reports say
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that conan is getting -- the deal is worth, in total, $44 million. some will go to his staff. >> already went to $45 half an hour ago. it's like let's make a deal here. >> there's probably a lot of speculation until they come out and say what it is. >> so we don't know yet. >> we don't kn whait is. >> the staff is going to be compensated. >> yes. >> i don't know. i just -- you know how i feel about that. i would love to be able to do a job one time, do it unsuccessfully, but walkway with $32 million. how do you get a job like that? >> i know. i know. it's a hot job. one of the hottest things on our show yesterday, you guys, we did the perfect pair of jeans. >> according to "self" magazine. they said they found it. >> now our staff, all different shapes and sizes. >> size 2 to size 14. >> new york and company jeans. they sold out big time. >> yes. >> where are those jeans? >> you have to get on a waiting list. >> oh, well -- >> guess what, we have some. they saw a 25% increase of
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traffic on their website. >> because they're sold out in so many stores, a new shipment is expected in stores online february 18th. if you don't want to wait, we have a few pairs for you. >> yeah. sarah, you want to tell folks what they can do? >> we have eight pairs, variety of sizes. if you post on our wall i want the perfect fit, where you're from, we'll pick it random at the end of the day. >> you loved those jeans. >> i loved them. >> what did you like about them? >> i have, you know, junk in the trunk. i can't shop for jeans. >> you have very nice junk in your trunk. >> it's a bit of a bubble. >> how much weight have you lost? >> i don't step on the scale because i don't want to see any more that the numbers aren't changing. as long as my clothes are fitting better. >> you've lost a size at least, right? >> it's shifting. >> i check out your junk all the time and you've lost at least a size. >> you do look great. >> thank you. speaking of jeans, we were in "okay" magazine again. >> imagine that. >> we don't have it it to show
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you. >> we asked, is it okay -- there's the new kardashian baby. we asked is it okay to wear ripped jeans? you said ripped anything on a wrecked body is just unacceptable. >> yes. we don't want to see it. hide it. and hoda said if it's the academy awards, you have to be ripped to wear them. walking on the beach in malibu after a perfect bottle of champagne on a warm summer night, go for it. >> that's right. >> what does the academy awards have to do with it? >> what do you mean? you're not supposed to wear them on really nice events. >> you said it's fabulous. >> that's not what i said. >> that's what you said. >> no, it wasn't. >> yes, it is. >> you have to be ripped, you have to be special if you're going to wear them at the academy award. >> who would wear jeans to the academy awards? >> somebody would. >> all right. anyway, here we are. they keep us. i don't know why. god bless them at "okay" magazine. what else is going on? real quick, about the new senator in massachusetts -- >> yes. >> scott brown was funny.
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he got -- i don't know if you saw. he got up on stage and basically talked about his family and daughters in a very cute and loving way. >> i thought it was adorable, but apparently he got in trouble for it. >> did he? >> that's what parents do. we're supposed to embarrass our children. >> i don't think he got in trouble. listen to the sound bite. you decide. >> and, as always, i rely on gail's love and support and that of our two lovely daughters. i wt to thank gail and arianna for their help as well. anybody who is watching throughout the country, yes, they're both available. no, no, no, no. only kidding. only kidding. >> by the way -- >> i think it shows how cute he is. >> but if you're one of the -- >> about the family. >> picture what cassidy would have done. >> they're so used to it. are you kidding me? >> this young woman has gotten
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lots of inquiries from strapping young men. >> they're beautiful girls, by the way. >> adorable. >> the whole family is like right out of central casting. i thought i had the only one, but apparently -- sarah, my darling. >> i thought that was actually adorable. my dad would have never said that. in regards to edwards, whether he should have come out himself to make the announcement, a lot of people said yes. tara said yes, in person. he should have come out sooner and cindy said he has the parts to make the babies but they're not big enough to be a real man. i changed words on that, i censored. >> i bet. >> you know -- coming up next -- >> queen latifah. >> love her. >> tune in for her talking about something near and dear to her heart.
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we're talking it over with queen latifah, grammy, golden globe and two sag awards, just a glimpse of what this woman has on her mantle. who is counting? >> dana owens, better known as queen latifah, to most, makes us aware of a little something we all take for granted. >> so great to see you. you look absolutely stunning. >> you do look gorgeous. >> i love when your hair is off your face. you have one of the greatest faces ever. >> thank you. are you going to keep spoiling me? whenever i feel bad about myself, i should come by. >> y should always do that. >> you are so talented.
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there are some causes that are, deep down, important to you, right? >> yes. i have many causes i'm behind but lately i've been working with pur water, a company that creates clean drinking water around the world and right here at home. >> and it's tablets they use, right? tell us how that works. >> they have these little sachets, little packets and one of these little sachets can make ten liters of clean drinking water. it's great, they've already pledged 6 million of these packets to haiti. that will create 60 million liters of clean drinking water. >> they need it desperately. >> they definitely need it. they need it around the world. pur's whole thing is that they believe everybody deserves clean drinking water. often time wees look at countries around the world and we think, they've got issues, but we don't really think about our own water here at home. i mean, you think a lot of this water travels through these old pipes from the treatment plant to our faucets. we've got a lot of old pipes around here that carry copper,
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lead, sediment and dirt and rust. >> and things that people throw out, down the toilet or down the drain. >> antibiotics and stuff that are in the water. >> sure, sure. >> so, pur filtration systems clean out 90% of the contaminant. >> what do you think of the people that have come together for haiti? >> it's amazing. we're putting on a concert february 5th in miami at the american airlines arena, me and mary j. and me and puffy are hosting it, chris brown and robin thig, and udacris. >> is that going to be televised? >> yes, on b.e.t. and possibly on mtv and vh1. >> so the george clooney one isn't the only one? >> no, and we're going to give to george clooney's telethon. i've got a lot of haitian friends. i grew in up jersey. my manager is of haitian descent. this has been really, really extremely passionate for us, to
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go down there and make a difference. i just want to go get some of those babies. if you've got the hook-up, please get me a couple of haitian kids. it's time. i'm ready. i'm ready. >> it is time for you. >> i've got two arms. i can handle at least two. i'll throw a third in the backpack, one in the front a we could wrap them in some swaddling cloth. >> isn't that the truth? >> give me four. we're going to do this. we can do this. >> absolutely. >> i'm so proud to be american, you know what i mean? >> yes, where we can actually have change and do change. >> do you see what we've done? we really have rallied around it and already are experiencing tough times. even if you make money like we do, we still experience tough times, you know. so, imagine just the average, everyday american citizen. but we've given so much. i think it speaks so much, volumes about who we are as a country. >> you're right. i wish they would be able to cut through the red tape. >> i know. >> so much bureaucracy. put these babies on a plane and give them to people that would love them. >> real quick, i saw the promos
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for the movie. >> the valentine's day movie? >> with taylor and taylor. >> you -- >> taylor swift, taylor lautner. >> you, you? >> yeah, i'm in it, jamie foxx, jessica beel, jessica alba, shirley mcclaine. >> oh, my gosh. >> i'll see it in about two weeks. i'm going to bring you all some clean water. keeps our skin sexy. >> all right. >> great to see you. >> thank you for having me. up next, our all-guy panel convenes with advice for women everywhere. you don't want to miss it. these guys are hot. >> yeah, they are. >> right after this.
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we're back with our great group of guys, who are ready to tell, giving ladies out there the answers they are dying to hear, or maybe not. >> celebrity chef curtis stone, who is single. >> and he is wearing ripped jeans and it is my point exactly. if you look like curtis, go ahead and wear those jeans. >> comedian, actor, husband, dad of a baby boy, chuck nice, who can be seen on trutv's world's dumbest. >> i keep saying, i'm not the dumbest. i'm not the dumbest. >> and last, but not lait least, andrew trees is the author of "decoding love" out in paperback, is married with children. >> enough reason to the panel. there's enough testosterone to
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go around. >> welcome back. we miss you. so don't do that again. >> look at me when you talk about testosterone. >> no, you all have it in spades. >> let's get to our first question. >> this is kayla from california. i'm wondering how soon is too soon to start flirting with a guy after you found out he's broken up with his girlfriend? >> straight away. >> never too soon. we probably need somebody to help pick up the pieces. >> are you kidding? we had our eye on you when we was dating before. >> mate poaching, people go after them while they're still dating so i think that's -- >> can people sense that's not going so well so maybe we should get a foot in the door? >> absolutely. >> women don't like other women who jump too quickly. >> it ain't about what the women think. >> thank god you don't have to date them. >> i don't know whose side i'm on. >> but if you want -- think about those girlfriends you don't like. isn't she the one who --
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>> i don't have girlfriends i don't like -- their girlfriends. enough about us, go ahead. >> let's get to the next one. >> hi, i'm marisa, not from new jersey. my question for the panel is how can i get my boyfriend to do more of what i like in the bedroom rather than everything he likes? >> selfish is what they're saying. >> tell him what you want and then scream loudly when he does it. we respond well to noises. >> he's right. >> you like applause? >> applause, screaming, do a wave, jump up and down. >> like a puppy dog, so give him a little treat when he does something right, you know. >> my only caveat would be that please make sure what you like to do is within the bounds of acceptability. if you come home and say we're going to need some hot tar and battery acid, i might have some reservations. >> who is to say that's unacceptable? to each their own. >> what about women who are uncomfortable telling?
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what advice do you have for them? >> move whatever part you want touched where you want it to be. so you might want to come up a little bit, slide over, just like that. >> he's right, though. >> and keep screaming. >> kiss me on the neck and then when we kiss you on the neck, you go, ow! >> wake the baby. >> anything to add to that? >> it is awkward sometimes. if you're willing to get intimate you have to be willing to talk about these things. >> it's harder to say what you don't like, isn't it? >> that's true. >> not that i have any experience with that, but hoda has. >> does it ever get old? >> no. >> let's go to our next question. >> hi. my name is debbie. i'm from brooklyn. my question for the panel is how to get my husband less obsessed with football. he texts his brother during the game. he watches any team, any time and it's just -- it's interfering with the way that i like to spend my nights and weekends and i just wonder what i can do about it. >> sheas a problem.
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she has a big problem. >> with the wrong guy. >> yeah, because he's going to give her up before football, i think. >> this is awesome right now. we didn't even have to answer. we did not have to answer. you guys just took it because it's the truth. >> right? >> you're right. i'm sorry, but she has a problem. >> you have to be willing to compromise. for me, i'm from baltimore. if the ravens are playing, i want to see them. my wife understands that. otherwise i can catch sports center. as a man, you kind of understand if you're a woman you make some compromises. >> do you think she knew that going into the relationship already, so that -- that was a pre-existing condition. >> heartbreak. we'll be back in a few seconds with these guys. stick around, after this.
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coming up today at midday. >> winter weather, tom is expecting a wintry mix today. also coming up on news4 midday, former democratic presidential candidate john edwards has finally come forward to admit that
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i want to hear what the boys have to say. we're back on this thursday with more of "today" and our man panel, guys tell all. >> that's right, we've got them all here. are you ready for the next group of questions? >> let's do it. >> our lovely ladies on the street. let's take a listen to our next question. >> hi, my name is emily. my question for the panel is how do guys act when they know that the girl they're with is the one? >> that's a good question. >> how do they act? >> how do they act? >> i've got no idea. >> he hasn't met the one. >> you close the deal. >> how? >> we say will you marry me? will you do me the honor of making me the happiest man in the world and be my wife? >> there has to be a proposal? >> if he doesn't do that and
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doesn't close deelt maybe he's holding out. >> what do you think? >> i normally give them money, so -- because i'm very cheap. if i'm giving you money, you are the one. >> is there a good time, andrew, to tell the truth? >> i think actions speak louder than words. to say you love someone, the important thing is does he treat you like he loves you? >> my daddy once -- i was anyway relationship he didn't think was healthy and finally sat me down one day and said any man that will not marry a woman is not in love with her. >> so true. >> what do you guys think? >> he's absolutely right. i probably have ruined my daughter because of the talk we had, and she's only 10. i said one day you're going to meet boys and they will like you but if you don't meet a boy who loves you the way i do, then don't -- he's not the one for you. >> that's good. >> if he loves you the way daddy does, whh i know right now seems very creepy -- >> yes, it does, but thank you for sharing. >> that's good, though. the bar is high for her. that's good.
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>> just make me the measuring stick. >> let's listen to our next question. >> hi, i'm marcie from minnes a minnesota. i want to know why fathers call it babysitting when they're home with their children. >> that's good. >> what fathers are these? me, persally, i don't call taking care of my son babysitting. >> a lot of them do. >> then you need to give him more responsibility of taking care of his kid sos so it doesn seem like a responsibility. >> i'll tell you why. it's your job. >> what do you mean? >> it's jour job and when i'm doing it, i'm doing you a favor. >> thank you, caveman. okay. >> andrew, please. >> it's part of my allowance. that's why i call it babysitting. >> what do you think about that? >> it is a weird term. >> traditionally, women are the primary caregivers. i have male friends who are the primary caregivers. it's who has that role in the household. >> i love taking care of my kids.
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they don't love me doing it. i love doing it but as soon as she leaves it's likewhere is she going? don't leave us with him, please! >> my son is only 15 months old but i'm leaving here and going to the gym with him. being a comedian, i work at night so i have free days. >> the problem with chuck and his kids, he started having those talks with his daughter when she was 15 months old. a boy better love you like daddy does. >> and you still don't have any children anywhere that you know of? >> not that he's aware of. >> that's beautiful. >> to our next question. >> hi, this is olga from brooklyn, be new york. i want to know why men never let their ladies pick the channel that they want to watch on tv. >> why don't they? >> who are these girls dating? >> yeah. >> what do you think? >> i don't know. maybe you don't pick good shows, you know. i'm like, i don't like that show. i don't want to watch that. >> what do you do when there is a dispute? you have something you're set
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on, she likes something else. >> we choose to break up for one hour while she watches her one-hour drama. >> get another set. if it's that much trouble. >> or watch it on your computer. >> i'll call you from the other room. hey, this show i'm watching is great. how's yours? >> it does seem a little needy, doesn't it, that you have to do everything together? andrew, what do you think? >> i have a theory that there's a freudian component to the control of the remote. >> now he comes up with something interesting. >> what do we mean by remote control? >> and why do we fight over it? penis envy, is what you're saying? >> why did you say that? >> that's what he means. i need it spelled out to me. >> it's only penis envy if it's a universal remote. >> please stop saying that. please stop. >> big screen -- >> one on and off button. that's all i want. >> we were right here and then
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we went like right here. >> no, no, no. this is important. >> let's get one more question. >> hi. i'm natalie from manhattan, new york. i want to know, what's the most important thing that men look for on a first date? >> okay. good question. >> that's a very good question. >> first thing you look for. >> connection. want to know -- >> physical traction. let's get straight to the point. g you have to be cute otherwise there's no point. you need to have the physical traction, then the sense of humor and all those other good bits. >> physical traction varies from person to person. like i said, a connection, it's like -- >> you could have a connection with your plumber, though. >> you know what i'm saying? >> physical traction. >> i'm trying not to go down the hill that y'all are going down. >> too late. >> sometimes a woman doesn't look all that good but she has other things going on. look at that, oh, m goodness. she made me laugh. all those things. you put it together, stir it up in a pot. >> that's why it has to come second. physical traction has to be first. >> curtis is right. if you don't get over that
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hurdle with men of being physically attractive to them, they don't get past that to look for other things. >> don't be annoying. seriously. >> that's the main thing? >> after physical traction, if you can annoy me to the point you're no longer attractive. if you're physically attractive and you're not annoying, then pretty much you've got me. >> and if you have your own teeth. >> guys, thank you so much. curtis, we are going to see you tomoow. you're going to cook for us? >> i am. >> looking forward to that. up next, sure, you can spend big bucks or we can show you how to save some bucks on a winter wardrobe. >> look at these two. >> they have to have some kind of commercial, toothpaste commercial.
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we're back with "today's" style and winter fashions at wonderland prices. >> you want to believe winter is on its way out, so who wants to invest in warm sweaters and big boots? you don't have to. "today" and "us weekly"
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contributor jill martin, and author, found us great styles. good to see you, darling. >> i love this segment, by the way. >> i love this segment. and queen latifah was downstairs guessing. she got one right, one wrong. it was so much fun. everyone gets in on it. >> the expensive one and the bargain? >> big bucks versus bargain. >> we're not allowed to touch? >> no. >> usually that's a giveaway. >> usually that's a giveaway. i'm wearing this outfit. every item i'm wearing is $250 or more, every item except one item that's $60. >> $60? >> jewelry, everything included. >> i'm going to say -- 60? we don't have a loof time. >> inow. >> maybe it's those jeans from yesterday, the $60 jeans. >> i'm going to say the jacket. >> it is the jacket for $60. but look at the detail. >> whose is it? >> h & m. >> i would have known if i could feel. >> and now i got a little act n
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action. >> let's bring out our first set of twins. >> the gorgeous twins, joy and june. >> hi, joy and june. >> hi. >> hi, guy. >> one outfit is $2,470. the othe is $334. >> okay. i'm going to guess -- >> i can't see. >> that's the trouble. >> turn around so we can see a little. >> i'm going to say the expensive one is there. >> that's what i was going to say, too. >> the outside. who is that? >> june, expensive. raise your hand. >> wow! >> okay. so the leather is this great line for $600. it's a great leather jacket. the other is plether by bibi, once you touch. and the skirt always hugs your body perfectly. that's $600. great skirt. the other one is also a great pleasure doing business is the name. >> where is the rest of it, june? >> it's $88. t you can see, this is a tube. as the other one hugs you in, this one, you really have to have those legs to wear. >> they both do.
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>> youth in those leg. >> youthful look. i just wanted to show -- >> those teeth people, please. >> dentyne needs to call. >> or crest or colgate. come on! >> mixing casual with dressy, putting the t-shirt with a fancy skirt and jacket is also in right now. >> thank you, ladies. adorable. >> our next set o twins is gina marie and anna marie? >> yeah. >> come on out. >> we're going ining cas here. one is $313 and the other is $800. >> this is the less expensive, next to me. >> let me see that bag. i'll say the same thing. >> okay. gina marie? expensive. you're right. the g is coach. so, that gives it away. look at the rest of the outfit. >> very cute. you would never know. >> no, you would never know. this shows what everyone says when you did that jean segment about buy a pair of jeans that fits as opposed to the more expensive that you think are the better ones to buy.
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>> what about the boots? >> one are go australia and the other emu. they're so comparable. >> yeah. >> you can't really tell. >> and a huge difference in price. >> excellent. >> thanks, guys. >> thank you, ladies. >> next, katherine and elizabeth. this is the conservative, cool look. let's see. >> conservative and cool. >> oh, my god. you walk exactly the same. >> that's frightening. >> these gments are always in the category of scary, everyone finishes each other's sentences. >> i say the most expensive is -- >> i'm going to go with that, too. >> sorry. i don't know everybody's names. >> katherine is in $1,738. raise your hand. >> yeah. >> okay. but look at the difference here in this dress. dvf for 400, the spiegle dress, built-in control panels. if you want extra help, not that she needs it -- >> spanx inside? >> built-in control panels. >> really? >> and i love this necklace for
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$70. >> the necklace is what made me think the other one was -- and the shoes. >> but ao great options in shoes. so, you see if you mix and match things. these are the extremes, but showing how you can mix and match things and make them work. >> everybody come on out. >> great job, jill martin, fashion for dummies. coming up next -- oh, gosh. it's not just about getting your taxes done fast. though h&r block at home is fast. and it's not just about getting it done easy, though it is easy. no, h&r block at home is all about getting your taxes done right. as the next generation of tax cut, h&r block at home uses the knowledge we've gained serving over 500 million customers giving you the confidence you'll need, at the push of a button. h&r block at home. get it right.
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call of the wild. and sea world and busch gardens ambassador, julie scardino. >> who is in the process of feeding -- recently returned from a month in africa. they know where to nest. >> what is he doing up there? >> he likes being high. you're the highest one here. >> okay. tell us about this guy. >> a bush baby.
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yes, i just came back. africa is the continent with the most and greatest variety of animals that there to see. it's my favorite place to go wildlife watching. this little bush baby here can often be seen around the camps when you go on safari. >> really? >> why does he smell like -- the way he smells? >> he wreaks. >> he don't really want to know, do you? >> not while he's in my hair. >> they actually urinate on their hands and it helps them have sticky paws for when they're climbing around on trees and things. >> or people. >> thanks, julie. >> well, it's -- >> how often do they urinate? >> that's what they do. it doesn't have to happen very often. >> did he use purell? >> go to aunt hoda. >> no, no, he likes you. >> a lot of places in africa, they're found. they're doing better than the larger primates like the chimpanzees and gorillas, who are threatened with extinction.
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>> oh, okay. >> look how much hoda cares. you look like daniel boone. >> and they're great jumpers. >> ooh, ooh! >> as you can see. they're great jumpers. these guys can actually jump -- >> they can actually jump 20 feet from tree to tree. >> that's pretty cool. >> so we'll have our little bush baby jump off right now. hi, marie. thank you so much. >> see you, bush baby. >> africa also has fantastic amounts of bird life. >> what is that? >> we're ing to bring one of the most magnificent types of birds -- this is a ground horn bill. >> this one wanted me the minute -- see? he wants my welry or something. i'm not usually afraid. this guy scares me. >> no, you know what? he's very gentle. very gentle. he is from sea world in san diego. >> put some more in there. there's none left. >> get some skin. >> and there's -- >> that's it. that's it. >> don't fall off, sweetheart. >> they're very intelligent. he knows he's getting his little
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treats from you. >> the wing action. >> and they like to play. some of his favorite things are the toys that he has. i don't know if we have some toys out here right now but he will actually use that huge beak -- >> i bet. >> to look for prey that are like anything from snakes to insects. here, you want to feed him? >> rougher afraid of any of the animals? >> no, because i get to know them and they get to know us. i know her personality and she's very, very gentle. >> she is actually gentle. >> she takes her food gently. >> now he's look -- don't look at him like that. he'll go for the eyes. >> poke my eyes out. >> there's nothing left. >> give me food for her. >> i've got some more. go back up here. >> yeah, go up there. >> she is actually free flight, so she can go from point a to point b. she eats anything from a snake -- you see, she likes the insects better. >> she doesn't want the grapes. those are insects? bugs? >> crickets and --
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>> oh, my gosh, they're like mag -- >> they're fantastic for the environment. unfortunately their numbers are declining because they are inadvertently poisoned, sht. because sometimes they'll use this beak to actually break windows. >> we just have a minute. >> thank god. >> one more minute. >> i don't like those things, i swear. >> we're going to go off this way. come on, sweetie. there we go. go to daddy. >> bye-bye. nice seeing you. >> i love it out here. i don't want to go anywhere! >> time for one more, you think? or two more. >> one minute -- >> oh, the bird -- >> he's flying around the studio, that's all. >> is he okay? >> bugs are one of the most important animals in the forest because they create -- i can't find my bug. >> here's one. >> ew. >> this is a millipede. don't feed that one. that will grow into an animal that is this long. >> like circumstances inches long? >> eight, ten inches long.
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>> they're very important for the forest floor. right now this is -- >> i have millipede residue. >> what is that? >> it's called a caricol, beautiful african cat, the largest of the small cats. this guy actually hunts not only small antelopes, but birds as they're taking off. >> he can take down a small antelope? >> yes. they're very, very powerful predat predators. he's hiding behind his log right now. >> is he full grown? >> almost. he's about a year old. he's almost full grown. he has those long tufts to help him really pinpoint where his prey is in the wild. >> those ears are creepy, huh? >> that is so cool! >> it's cool. >> they can jump about 15 feet in the air from a stand still. >> good for them. >> in order to bring down a bird. >> he's going for something. >> he's smelling the bird on there. you see that? africa is a place that needs our help. we have a lot of projects that are helping some of the conservation work going on in africa. >> see, look? >> thank you, julie scardina.
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so, miss sara haines, what are our friends saying today? >> happy curtis day today. trudy wrote in curtis stone or perfect fit jeans, my husband says i have to ask for the jeans. i do have a question, sandy asked is curtis in a relationship? >> why don't we get to the bottom of that? what's the story there? >> is that why i'm siing back out here? >> yes, it is. >> i'm not. i'm looking for it, but i'm not. >> you're not in any kind of relationship at all? >> no. >> so, you're lonely? poor curtis. >> well, well, well -- >> describe your perfect woman so people will know -- >> we have four seconds. >> in three second. >> food, good sense of humor, look okay and, you know, enjoy life. >> nice talking to you. >> have a great day, everybody. >> nice talking to you. >> have a great day, everybody. >> yeah.
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News/Business. Julie Andrews, Julie Scardina, Queen Latifah. (2010) Julie Andrews; triple-negative breast cancer; Queen Latifah; guys tell all; Julie Scardina. New. (HD) (CC) (Stereo)

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